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Place identity and environmental conditions

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Talk for Sensory Architectures, University of Manchester, March 2013

Talk for Sensory Architectures, University of Manchester, March 2013

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  • 1. Sensory Architectures University of Manchester March 2013Place, Identity, andEnvironmental ConditionsJenna CondieLecturer in PsychologyUniversity of Salford @jennacondie
  • 2. Draw a Railway Scene• It doesn’t have to be a work of art
  • 3. khym54 Bob the courier What has influenced your drawing?fsse8info
  • 4. Who you are & where you are Place Identity (Dixon & Durrheim, 2000) “One of the ways people use place in interaction is as a resource for constructing identity, one’s meaning in Do we still need to the world” belong somewhere? (Myers, 2006, p. 39)
  • 5. Dialogical Self(Bakhtin, 1986; Hermans, 2004) I’m from I’m from Salford SalfordHi, I’m from Hi, I’m fromManchesterManchester I’m from I’m from Manchester too Manchester too
  • 6. Choosing Self(Rose, 1996; Taylor 2009) Flickr: Nickster 2000
  • 7. Agency StructureThat’s so annoyingMusic to my ears
  • 8. The problem with measuring exposure and response• “No two persons see the same reality. No two social groups make precisely the same evaluation of the environment.” (Tuan, 1974, p.5)• Language as action orientated (Willig, 2001)• Stake and interest in place (Benwell & Stokoe, 2006)
  • 9. Living alongside railways• Residential histories and choosing selves• Pro-rural and anti-urban ideologies• Discourses of adaptation• Maintain positive identities of place• Construct moral selves (e.g. tolerant)
  • 10. Railways as ‘commonplace’ II suppose everyone lives near something that makes suppose everyone lives near something that makes noise and II think its just a by-product of 21st century now noise and think its just a by-product of 21st century nowAllen • Spoiled identity (Goffman, 1963) – strategies of ‘normification’ (Bush et al., 2001) • Dilemma – finding somewhere to live versus living with disruption • ‘Identity’ as multivoiced and dialogical • Negotiating agency in context of ‘disruption’
  • 11. Miles Apart?Positivism ConstructionismRealism RelativismQuantitative Qualitative
  • 12. Back together? ChangeExposure (e.g. noise level) New sources Sustainability Response (e.g. annoyance)
  • 13. ‘Identity’ mattersto policy makers•Behaviour•Health & Well-being•Social Change•Driver paper on place and environmental change