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Thinking through new methodologies: sounding out the city with teenagers

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Qualitative Sociology Review
Issue number1
Volume11
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)6-32
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper explores the place for sound within social theory, more specifically, how sound as a subject can be interpreted methodologically. The paper examines the various methods implemented within a PhD research project. The research adopted a participatory approach, examining the missing voices in the post design of place. In this way the research focused on those groups often excluded in the design of urban space, teenagers. The methods included participant documented soundwalking, sound mapping, focus groups and ethnographic soundwalks. This paper argues that a closer attention to sound, when examining the urban, will help shape one’s understanding of the everyday. Methods that explore sound as part of the make up of social life, either as place building or space making, whether they are politically intentional or historically relevant, need to be advanced.