Sounding Places
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Sounding Places

More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music

Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada

This edited collection examines the more-than-representational registers of sound. It asks how sound comes to be a meaningful ingredient in the microgeographies of place-making through the workings of affect, emotion, and atmosphere, how sound contributes to shaping a variety of embodied and spatially situated experiences, and how such aspects can be harnessed methodologically. These topics contribute to broader debates on the relations between representation and the non- or more-than-representational that are taking place across the social sciences and humanities in the wake of the cultural turn. More specifically, the book contributes to the fertile theoretical intersections of sound, affect, emotion, and atmosphere.
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Chapter 18: Embodied listening in research practice

Theresa Harada


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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