Exploring Inclusive Therapeutic Soundscapes

Kaley, Alex and Milligan, Christine and Hatton, Chris (2019) Exploring Inclusive Therapeutic Soundscapes. In: Sounding Places. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 21-36. ISBN 9781788118927

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Abstract

Whilst the majority of research in the field of acoustics has sought to explore the detrimental effects of noisy environments on people’s health, the geographic literature on sound has begun to take a more holistic approach by considering how environmental sounds affect people in different ways. Reflecting on findings from visual ethnographic research, this chapter explores the soundscape experiences of people with intellectual disabilities engaged in community farming projects for health and wellbeing. We argue that these experiences could be alluring or repelling, therapeutic or harmful depending on the meanings that people attached to them. We compare the soundscapes of the farm environment with other spaces and places that participants inhabit and argue that genuinely inclusive environments may be those that seek to facilitate (rather than repress or judge) the various auditory needs and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. This reveals how different soundscapes are shaped by relations of power, and influence judgements of sonic intrusion or harmony.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 135508
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2019 14:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2019 01:45
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/135508

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