The Influence of Social Context on the Perception of Student's Noise in the City of Groningen: A Qualitative Analysis

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Kazuya Minoura

Yamanashi Prefectural University

Wednesday 3 june, 2015, 15:00 - 15:20

0.6 Madrid (49)

We discuss the relationship between people's response to their soundscape and the social contexts from a qualitative analysis of interviews with 40 residents of Groningen, the Netherlands. Students comprise 25 percent of the population so the residents of Groningen consider the city as a student city. In this social context, many informants mentioned the noise made by students as typical (and prominent?) for the soundscape of Groningen. The interviewees’ attitudes showed a considerable acceptance of student noises. Their explanation of this acceptance included the social context of the city being a student city as well as their personal background. The observation that local social contexts can affect people's response to the local soundscape may be used to improve the management of sonic environments.

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