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A grounded theory approach to the subjective understanding of urban soundscape in Sheffield

Liu, F; Kang, J; (2016) A grounded theory approach to the subjective understanding of urban soundscape in Sheffield. Cities , 50 pp. 28-39. 10.1016/j.cities.2015.08.002. Green open access

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to gain a greater insight into the factors that affect individuals' preferences and understanding of urban soundscapes. Based on a grounded theory approach, with 53 participants in Sheffield, five categories have been revealed for the subjective understanding of soundscape: soundscape definition, soundscape memory, soundscape sentiment, soundscape expectation, and soundscape aesthetics. More specifically, to some extent, the value people place on sounds does not lie in the sound itself or its physical properties but in the positive or negative behaviors associated with sounds. Some long-term soundscape memory was preserved because the sounds correlated to something profound in people's mind to some degree. Most people like to use two evaluation criteria, namely favorite sound and annoying sound, to reflect their soundscape sentiment, but emotion is also an important part of psychological stratification, which includes joyful, angry, sad, despair, and afraid. People hope that soundscape will change as time goes by, towards the soundscape of natural and comfortable sounds mixed with entertainment, as well as simple sounds containing peaceful and joyful information; notably, people look forward to more electronic, comfortable, and technical sounds in the future. Soundscape aesthetics in the future reflect a presupposition for future-oriented aesthetic judgment.

Type: Article
Title: A grounded theory approach to the subjective understanding of urban soundscape in Sheffield
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2015.08.002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2015.08.002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Urban, Soundscape, Grounded theory, Category, Aesthetics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058504
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