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    Researching Music- and Place-Making through Engaged Practice: Becoming a Musicking Geographer


    Kavanagh, Aoife (2019) Researching Music- and Place-Making through Engaged Practice: Becoming a Musicking Geographer. The Geographical Review. ISSN 0016-7428

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    Abstract

    How might geographers better understand the active, lived, on-the-ground experiences of musicians in places, and their role in place-making? This paper describes how I have developed a methodological framework that brings together two approaches, musicking ethnography, and music mapping, to examine the co-constitutive processes of music-making and place-making in three Irish towns. As a professional musical practitioner, I bring to geography the perspective of a musicking-geographer, drawing on Christopher Small’s (2011) concept of “musicking”, and Harriet Hawkins’ (2011) work on geography-art “doing”. Working with musicians of all age groups, musical backgrounds and interests from across the amateur-professional continuum (cf. Finnegan2007), I aspire to create egalitarian, engaging, respectful and useful research experiences for the musicians with whom I work. I consider how my approach has developed in response to these aspirations, how my dual-positionality impacted the approach, and how it might be further developed and adapted by practitioner-geographers.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Special Issue: Fieldwork in Geography
    Keywords: Place; music; art; practice; creativity;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 11069
    Depositing User: Aoife Kavanagh
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 10:43
    Journal or Publication Title: The Geographical Review
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: No
    Funders: Irish Research Council (GOIPG/2016/405)
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