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Marie Højlund

Listening to the City Handbook: Community Research and Action through Sound and Story

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  • Marie Højlund
  • Morten S. Riis, Denmark
  • Jonas R. Kirkegaard, Sonic College, Denmark
This book is the result of a year long collaboration that
arose from a shared desire to explore how sound - including
the human voice - can enrich our understanding of place.
Although no single truth exists, we often narrate and
come to our own understanding about a community, its
history, and its present challenges from a single point of
view. Through listening, we embark on a transformative
journey through the memories and sensations of a place,
and develop a deeper appreciation for all it represents.
The editors of this book encourage readers to embrace
unconventional and aesthetic approaches to inquiry and
engagement, and seek to make the case for the potential
these methods hold to unleash more nuanced, complex, and
even contradictory understandings of space. In this sense,
this book was also brought into being with the intent of
counterbalancing traditional social science practice--which
historically recognizes only certain forms of knowledge as
legitimate--with other ways of knowing cities, including the
critical perspectives of those (often unheard voices) who live
within them. Beyond cultivating empathy and developing a
multi-layered understanding of place, this book also urges
academics and practitioners alike to explore emergent
methods for making meaningful change within communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationListening to the City Handbook : Community Research and Action through Sound and Story
Number of pages181
PublisherMIT
Publication year2 Apr 2018
Pages1-181
Chapter2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018

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