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Following or forging a way through the world: Audio walks and the making of place

Saunders, Angharad and Moles, Kate ORCID: 2016. Following or forging a way through the world: Audio walks and the making of place. Emotion, Space and Society 20 , pp. 68-74. 10.1016/j.emospa.2016.06.004

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Audio walks are increasingly used as tools for city boosterism and tourist promotion, in part because they offer alternative invitations into place; they seemingly personalise the urban experience, they allow multiple stories of place to emerge and they present ‘insider’ knowledge that may be quirky and different. Yet in their desire to open up the city, these touristic audio walks tend to produce particular kinds of place. They present very smooth, polished, choreographed and linearised invitations to place, wherein knowledge is assembled not developed, a route is given not made and, to borrow from Ingold (2007), we become passengers not wayfarers. This paper argues that audio walks are not always like this, they can be more than a geographical given or an instrument of navigation that gives us place ready-made. It suggests, through a focus on the creation and reception of a non-touristic community-based audio walk project within Cardiff, South Wales, that the material line of the audio walk conceals and creates other worlds. These worlds, whether real and imagined, past, present or future, arise through the entanglement of lived experiences that happen in the moment of the walk's making and doing. Thus, attending to this ‘making’ and ‘doing’, reveals the audio walk as a living and lively encounter with the world; it is an emotional and affective way of making not merely representing place.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1755-4586
Funders: Beacon for Wales
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 8 June 2016
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 05:57

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