Further Reading

Further reading links to supplement your studies.

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This further reading/listening/viewing is focused more on the why than the how of using audio and video as a geographic research methodology.

  • There is no key book in geography about using video as method. However, Doing visual ethnography: images, media and representation in research by Sarah Pink (2007) is an excellent resource. I engage with Pink’s work, and videographic methods more generally, in a 2010 article for Progress in Human Geography (Garrett 2010). I would also recommend Simpson (2011) for an interesting empirical case study paper on video analysis of busking and Lorimer (2010) for a more theoretical treatment of moving-image-methodologies.

Pink, S. (2007) Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, media and representation in research. Manchester, Manchester University Press in association with the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology.

Garrett, B. L. (2010) ‘Videographic geographies: Using digital video for geographic research’, Progress in Human Geography 35(4): 521–41.

Simpson, P. (2011) ‘”So, as you can see...’: some reflections on the utility of video methodologies in the study of embodied practices’." Area 43(3): 343–52.

Lorimer, J. (2010) ‘Moving image methodologies for more-than-human geographies’, Cultural Geographies 17(2): 237‒58.

  • If you are interested in working through how one might go about constructing an academic article in audio/visual form, it’s worth watching Evans and Jones (2008) Bauch (2010) and Garrett (2010), all in Geography Compass (also a great place to publish video articles, clearly!).

Evans, J. and P. Jones (2008) ‘Towards Lefebvrian socio-nature? A film about rhythm, nature and science’, Geography Compass (2/3): 659‒70.

Bauch, N. (2010) ‘The academic geography video genre: A methodological examination’, Geography Compass May (4/5): 475–84.

Garrett, B. L. (2010) ‘Urban explorers: quests for myth, mystery and meaning’,  Geography Compass 4(10): 1448‒61.

  • Three key readings on sonic or sonorous geographies include Ingham et al. (Ingham, Purvis et al. 1999), Matless (2010) and Gallagher and Prior (2013).

Ingham, J., M. Purvis and D. Clarke (1999) ‘Hearing place, making spaces: sonorous geographies, ephemeral rythms, and the Blackburn warehouse parties’,  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 17: 283‒305.

Matless, D. (2010) ‘Sonic geography in a nature region’, Social and Cultural Geography 6(5): 745‒66.
Gallagher, M. and J. Prior (2013) ‘Sonic geographies: Exploring phonographic methods’, Progress in Human Geography ,DOI: 10.1177/0309132513481014.

  • Those interested in the politics of listening and speaking should refer to Kanngieser (2011), winner of the 2013 Progress in Human Geography Essay Prize for its theoretical and creative innovativeness.

Kanngieser, A. (2011) ‘A sonic geography of voice: Towards an affective politics’, Progress in Human Geography 36(3): 336‒53.

  • Finally, if you are interested in artistic, creative and experimental geographies more generally, you can get a brief sketch from Thompson et al. (2008) or a book-length treatment from Hawkins (2013).

Thompson, N., J. Kastner and T. Paglen (2008) Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography and Urbanism. New York: Melville House and Independent Curators International.

Hawkins, H. (2013) For Creative Geographies: Geography, Visual Arts and the Making of World.  London: Routledge.


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