Listening for the voice of places

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The Listening Guide was developed and reported by Carol Gilligan in 1982. She described the Guide as a method of analysing qualitative data by listening in different ways to interview transcripts and textual data, and focusing on the melodic interplay of voices. Using this method, the researcher explores the relationships and interactions between research participants, including the researcher as participant. This is achieved through a process of multiple readings or “listenings”: listening for the plot, for the voices of participant and researcher, for resonance, consonance and dissonance between what is said and the way it is said.

This method centres on the voice of human participants; non-human participation is limited to the role of location as an element of the plot, i.e. “where did this take place”. As a consequence, non-humans may become invisible participants in the research process. Gilligan defines this form of analysis as one which acknowledges different voices and recognises the importance of research relationships, but the relationship with non-humans is not acknowledged or structured in its current form.

Gilligan viewed this method as a frame to be adapted to fit the research aim and questions. With that in mind, this poster will outline ways in which the Listening Guide can be used to listen for the voices of places, illustrated with examples from my research into the places of distance students. This process may be of particular interest to researchers who focus on the participation of non-humans in a feminist, posthumanist, more-than-human research context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2019
EventInterweaving - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Oct 201911 Oct 2019


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Qualitative analysis
  • Place-Based Education, Urban solo, Ontological disruption, Experiential education, Outdoor learning, Phenomenology
  • More-than-Human


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