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Title: The influence of gender on the perception of local landscape
Author: Bingley, Amanda Faith
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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Chapter one outlines the key themes and areas with which this thesis is concerned. I look at the major approaches to landscape perception research which, with a few exceptions, has tended toward either theoretical or quantitative. I discuss how neither approach adequately examines the everyday ‘lived experience’ of individuals and the complexities and influences at work in landscape perception. Hence, in order to explore individual experience this thesis employs an empirically based methodology, which draws on the object relations theory of D. W. Winnicott. In chapter two I explore literatures associated firstly with landscape perception, then with gender identity and gender theory, and finally object relations theory and the conceptualisation of Self as developed by psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott. Chapter three describes the research design; using innovative methodology to work with twelve adults in a series of workshops during which they were facilitated to connect with and articulate their perception of landscape; by focusing specifically on tactic as well as other sensory experience. I outline the skills used in facilitating both the workshops and the one to one in-depth interviews. Ethical issues specifically involved in the methodology are addressed. Chapter four discusses the qualitative data analysis of the material collected in the course of the fieldwork, and leads into the final interpretative section of the thesis. In chapter five I look at the interaction between individual and cultural stereotypes, myths, memories and fantasies involved in gender identity and experience of landscape. Chapter six examines the identity which emerges as a process of self-definition in on-going relationship with cultural and individual sensory experience of landscape perception. Concluding in chapter eight I look at how the complexities of gender identity are deeply implicated in landscape perception, which itself is inescapably informed by sensory experience. The conclusions drawn from this research describe intricate processes of self-definition and sensory experience, which I propose lie at the heart of the influence of gender identity on the perception of landscape.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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