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Thinking through Lines: Locating perception and experience in place


Booth, K, Thinking through Lines: Locating perception and experience in place, Qualitative Research, 18, (3) pp. 361-379. ISSN 1468-7941 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/1468794117722826


How one conceptualizes place in research matters. I offer a ‘line methodology’ informed by Ingold’s idea that places are ‘tissues of lines’ and argue that this enables reflexivity with regards to what counts as ‘place’, adds legitimacy to the claim that places really do matter in research, and assists in representing places as a socio-natural phenomenon that cannot be compartmentalized or reduced to a humanist understanding of the social. I trial this methodology by drawing upon interviews and focus groups with people living in the vicinity of the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). I use references made about lines of various kinds to create a narrative that locates Mona within the everyday lives of local residents. I conclude that this museum’s impact of is more mundane than the social transformation envisaged in the Bilbao Effect as this ‘effect’ relies upon a problematic and unexamined conception of place.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:place, lines, Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, urban regeneration, Bilbao Effect
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Booth, K (Associate Professor Kate Booth)
ID Code:116891
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-05-24
Last Modified:2018-05-21
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