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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    • Living near railways
      Discourses of control, choice and compromise
      Jenna Condie
      University of Salford
      1
    • The journey so far
      The journey so far
      2
    • Who we are is where we are?
      Flickr: Paolo Camera
      Flickr: JCMaz
      Flickr: JCMaz
      Flickr: JCMaz
      3
    • Research Aims
      Understand the role of place & identity
      Explore discursive &
      narrative strategies
      Future policy
      Critique of dominant approaches
      4
    • Control & Choice
      5
    • Dealing with Dilemmas
      6
      Compromise
    • 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
      Flickr: Urban Safari
      Flickr: Khym54
      The importance of context
      Flickr: JCMaz
      Flickr: Simononly
    • 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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