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Walking as Research Method for Revealing Subjective Perceptions on Landscape : Rural Village Sucheong-ri, Gwangju
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Walking as Research Method for Revealing Subjective Perceptions on Landscape : Rural Village Sucheong-ri, Gwangju
Lee, Cha-Hee; Yun, Seung-Yong; Son, Yong-Hoon;
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In existing method, research for landscape resource is driven by professional (or with the participation of local people at Tokenism level), and usually hinder local residents from reflecting their appreciations on the landscape resources in their own ways and eventually ends up with indistinguishable landscape planning. To avoid this, a profound understanding of what landscape they experience in their daily life and how they perceive it should be empirically analysed carefully. The purpose of this study is to apply walking behavior as a method to examine local residents` subjective perceptions and consider its usability. The researcher walked the site(Sucheongri) with the residents, carrying a GPS device, taking photographs of the landscape objects they described, and recording the relevant explanations. After gathering photographs and explanations which represent the research participants` individual subjective perception, the researcher analysed the explanation using open coding, based on grounded theory. By the analysis, 117 landscape objectives are identified and 18 reason factors for landscape perception were deduced from the explanation. Those factors could be classified as `positive feeling inducing` and `negative feeling inducing`, and also as `personal emotion based` and `community based emotion`. By comparison between feeling map by conventional method and feeing map by new method, usability of new method was empirically reveled. Walking behavior makes it easier for researcher to get more abundant data in quantitative aspect and profound understanding with affection of respondent by allowing them to `go beyond` the perceptions they remember. Finally new method with walking gives professionals a contextual understanding of a place and more resident-oriented plans and management on sites.
walking behavior;subjective perception;feeling map;landscape of everyday life;rural landscape;grounded theory;
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