More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music
Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada
Chapter 18: Embodied listening in research practice
There has been growing attention to the importance of sound for constituting identity and understandings of place. Non-Representation Theory and more-than-representational approaches have suggested that intangible, affective bodily experiences provide insights into how people orientate and situate themselves within different environments. This is important in considerations of how a sense of belonging (or not) is fostered and has implications for how we might address the challenge to respond to global climate change imperatives. While non-representational approaches acknowledge a range of methodological challenges for capturing the unsayable, unplanned and embodied responses to sound, music and a range of environmental ambiances, there is little practical guidance as to how these might be overcome. In this chapter I reflect on how the affective and embodied responses to sound might be usefully applied in a research setting.
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