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Place and identity – theoretical framework I developed and applied to the context of living alongside railways
Situate the research in its wider field of environmental psychology, social psychological influence. 1960s – city life as stressful. Growing awareness of ‘the environment’ semi independent field of attention.
Where are you from?The importance of place for identityJenna CondieLecturer in Psychology@jennacondiePsychology Seminar SeriesUniversity of SalfordMay 2013#salfordpsych
Establishing exposure-responserelationshipsLink: http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&Completed=0&ProjectID=15949Defra Project (NANR209)Published: March 2011
Measuringhuman responseas ‘annoyance’Thinking about the last 12 months or so, when indoors at home, how bothered, annoyed or disturbed have you been by feeling vibration or shaking or hearing or seeing things rattle, vibrate or shake caused by ________________.Would you say not at all, slightly, moderately, very or extremely? Thinking about the last 12 months or so, when indoors at home, how bothered, annoyed or disturbed have you been by feeling vibration or shaking or hearing or seeing things rattle, vibrate or shake caused by ________________.Would you say not at all, slightly, moderately, very or extremely?
PhD Research““A common story of the professional developmentA common story of the professional developmentof most qualitative researchers…goes somethingof most qualitative researchers…goes somethinglike this: dissatisfaction with quantitative orlike this: dissatisfaction with quantitative orexperimental methods has led many of us to adoptexperimental methods has led many of us to adoptalternative, qualitative methods and, perhaps, toalternative, qualitative methods and, perhaps, towonder how our own perspective and experienceswonder how our own perspective and experiencesenter into, transform or change the issue or areaenter into, transform or change the issue or areabeing investigated (as well as ourselves)”being investigated (as well as ourselves)”(Sullivan, 2002, p. 3).(Sullivan, 2002, p. 3).
Moving from……a position of knowing to a position of understanding...…takes time!
Environmental conditions as ‘place’Environmental conditions as ‘place’Flickr: fsse8infoFlickr: khym54 Flickr: Bob the courier
Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?The broader context where environmentalconditions “are only part of the story”(Moser, 2009, p.1).
Language as agency and structure:Language as agency and structure:That’s so annoyingThat’s so annoyingMusic to my earsMusic to my earsAgency Structure
Places are“doubly constructed”(Gieryn, 2002, p. 465)Motive for placeconstructions –identity work!Theimportanceof language
““One of the waysOne of the wayspeople use placepeople use placein interaction isin interaction isas a resource foras a resource forconstructingconstructingidentity, one’sidentity, one’smeaning inmeaning inthe world”the world”(Myers, 2006, p. 39)(Myers, 2006, p. 39)Where you are is who you areDo we still need toDo we still need tobelong somewhere?belong somewhere?Place Identity (Dixon & Durrheim, 2000)
From the monologue of the individual toFrom the monologue of the individual tothe dialogue of multiple voicesthe dialogue of multiple voices‘‘Double voiced’ (Frank, 2005)Double voiced’ (Frank, 2005)‘…always an orientation to other’‘…always an orientation to other’(Madill & Sullivan, 2010, p. 2196)(Madill & Sullivan, 2010, p. 2196)Flickr:marsmet541
The (In)Significance of RailwaysDonna: well the house that we previously lived in was only atwo bedroomed house and we had two small children at thetime, a boy and a girl so it was a bit cramped we actually,well my parents knew the people who lived in this house priorto us and we were searching for somewhere to move to andthey just happened to say you know, come and have a lookat the house and we fell in love with it straight away andthat’s when we put an offer in and the rest is historyJenna: so can I ask sort of what were the reasons to move,for more space or?Donna: it was it was space, there’s a lot more land, there’s alot more space in the house as well, and even though withthe train line it is actually a peaceful area
‘A peaceful and quiet place’Jenna: What’s the area like?Roxanne: The areas good, the areas good, it’squiet, apart from the trains, but like I say over theyears you just get used to them
‘‘Trouble’ (Wetherell, 1998)Trouble’ (Wetherell, 1998)Chris:Chris: …the only one, the only concern was the…the only one, the only concern was thewhat do you call it, like freight and they’re reallywhat do you call it, like freight and they’re reallyearly hours and they do make a hell of a row,early hours and they do make a hell of a row,the screeching and the clanging, what is it, theythe screeching and the clanging, what is it, theygo through very slowly and then they’ll stop andgo through very slowly and then they’ll stop andthen they’ll pick up again but been here eightthen they’ll pick up again but been here eightyears and I couldn’t tell you when they come onyears and I couldn’t tell you when they come ona regular basis now, you just get used to it yeaha regular basis now, you just get used to it yeah
Three interpretative repertoires:•Strategies of ‘normification’ (Bush et al., 2001)•Construct moral selves (e.g. tolerant)•Manage and negotiated identities of placeThe Role of Adaptation
You get used to itLink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNDIiXrjV-8
• Spoiled identity (Goffman, 1963)• Ideological Dilemma – finding somewhere to liveversus living alongside railways• Making sense of ‘disruption’Railways as ‘commonplace’I suppose everyone lives near something thatmakes noise and I think its just a by-productof 21stcentury nowI suppose everyone lives near something thatmakes noise and I think its just a by-productof 21stcentury nowAllen
Miles Apart?RelativismPositivism ConstructionismRealismQuantitative Qualitative
Back together…Response (e.g. annoyance)Exposure(e.g.noiselevel)Place ChangeAdaptationNew SourcesSustainability