22 terms

Place representation

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Media
Means of communication including television, film, photography, art, newspapers, books, songs etc. All affect place perception.
Objective
Not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts
Qualitative data
Information that is non-numerical and used in a relatively unstructured and open-ended way. It is descriptive information, which often comes from interviews, focus groups or artistic descriptions such as photographs
Quantitative data
Data that can be quantified and verified and is amenable to statistical manipulation
Representation
This is how a place is portrayed or seen in society
Subjective
Based on or influenced by personal feelings tastes or opinions
Artistic representations
Drawings, poems, songs, paintings etc. used to show a place and its characteristics
The Census
A count of all people and households in the UK taken every ten years since 1801. It is the most complete source of information about the population that we have.
Maps
Representations of place that display the located characteristics of place. Can carry bias such as distortions of area.
Mercator map
First used in 16th century for navigation by sailors. Eurocentric, distorts Northern hemisphere land masses and places northern hemisphere at the "top"
Google maps
Like any search engine filters place and directs us towards their advertisers and partner businesses, biasing place
Counter-mapping
Producing your own map from the bottom up informed by your own knowledge and understanding of places
ONS
Office for National Statistics, the UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute
Biomapping
Maps the emotional responses of people to place by recording their Galvanic Skin Response
Galvanic Skin Response
A change in the electrical resistance of the skin caused by emotional stress, measurable with a sensitive galvanometer, e.g. in lie-detector tests.
Interviews
Generate detailed insights about a persons sense of place or perception of place providing first hand experiences.
Ethnography
A qualitative method where researchers observe and/or interact with a study's participants in their real-life environment
Photoshopped
The editing of photographs via software on mobile of computer devices, this can change the representation of place
Poetry
Can be used to describe and develop a sense of place via the written word. E.g. "To the river Greta" develops a sense of place about Keswick in the Lake District, by William Wordsworth
Graffiti
Writing or drawing that has been illegally put onto walls and other surfaces. Develops or destroys places depending upon your perspective
Digital places
Those places that people visit that exist in cyberspace
Augmented reality
A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. E.g. geocaching or Pokemon Go
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