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Voice: Sonic geographies of childhood

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posted on 15.12.2016, 13:29 by Sarah Mills
This paper uses the sonic geographies of childhood as an entry point into long-standing and important debates in the sub-discipline on ‘voice’. The paper uniquely explores children’s voices from the past through considering a different type of research material – archival audio recordings. It argues that literally listening to past children’s voices (and noises, sounds and silences) can offer fresh insights into the concept of voice that tends to be associated with contemporary contexts. Drawing on archival encounters with ‘second hand’ field recordings of children across different schools and playgrounds in London in the 1960s, this paper engages and extends wider theoretical debates about childhood, voice and memory. The paper calls for more attention to the unique characteristics of sound and wider soundscapes of childhood. The paper critically reflects on the possibilities and tensions associated with such work.

Funding

This work was supported by the Institute of Historical Research via a Scouloudi Historical Award.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Children's Geographies: advancing interdisciplinary understanding of younger people's lives

Citation

MILLS, S., 2017. Voice: Sonic Geographies of Childhood. Children's Geographies, 15 (6), pp. 664-677.

Publisher

©Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

21/11/2016

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children's Geographies on 12 Feb 2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1287879

ISSN

1473-3285

Language

en

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