Living near Railways: Discourses of Control, Choice and Compromise

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Presentation for Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC) 2011. …

Presentation for Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC) 2011.

Many people live near railways in the UK. Railways in residential environments have largely been researched in terms of the disturbance and annoyance they cause to residents, mainly vibration and noise. My research explores the wider context and residents experiences of living near railways.

The relationship between people and where they live is very complex. The places we live form part of who we are - our identity. Places say something about us therefore we have something to say about places and the things (e.g. railways) in them.

I have explored how people talk about living near railways, and how they position themselves as having choices and control over where they live, but also how living near the railway is a compromise: the compromise being living near a railway but finding a 'decent' and 'good' place to live.

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  • 1. Living near railways
    Discourses of control, choice and compromise
    Jenna Condie
    University of Salford
    1
  • 2. The journey so far
    The journey so far
    2
  • 3. Who we are is where we are?
    Flickr: Paolo Camera
    Flickr: JCMaz
    Flickr: JCMaz
    Flickr: JCMaz
    3
  • 4. Research Aims
    Understand the role of place & identity
    Explore discursive &
    narrative strategies
    Future policy
    Critique of dominant approaches
    4
  • 5. Control & Choice
    5
  • 6. Dealing with Dilemmas
    6
    Compromise
  • 7. 7
    Railway as threat to place identity?
    ‘I suppose everyone lives near something that makes noise and I think its just a by-product of 21st century now’ (Allen)
    Flickr: JCMaz
  • 8. 8
    Flickr: Urban Safari
    Flickr: Khym54
    The importance of context
    Flickr: JCMaz
    Flickr: Simononly
  • 9. Living near railways
    Discourses of control, choice and compromise
    Jenna Condie
    E: j.condie1@edu.salford.ac.uk
    @jennacondie
    Slides available at: http://www.slideshare.net/jennacondie
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