Sharing place-based stories using digital tools: locative literature and regional writing communities

van Luyn, Ariella (2017) Sharing place-based stories using digital tools: locative literature and regional writing communities. In: Gair, Susan, and van Luyn, Ariella, (eds.) Sharing Qualitative Research: showing lived experience and community narratives. Routledge Advances in Research Methods, 21 . Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 235-252.

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This chapter examines the role of the researcher in actively working to develop reading and writing communities through digital tools, specifically locative literature. Locative literature uses new technology that allows narratives to be tied to specific locations. For example, quick response codes can be situated in a given location and then scanned with a smart phone so that the user can access data instantly in that location. Increasingly, artists and writers are using these technologies to engage with the symbolic meaning of specific sites. This chapter looks at narrative representations of sites in particular, focusing on the way community groups use locative literature to tell place stories, with reference to a case study of a regional writing community in North Queensland, Australia.

Because of locative literature's capacity to allow users to engage with narratives in the location in which they are set, locative media can bring to light hidden and multiple layers of human experience tied to a specific location. These tools can thus serve as a means to share community perceptions of place through narrative. The symbolic representation of place aids in the construction of a sense of a community both real and virtual. Locative media thus offer a one useful tool for both sharing community narratives and for researchers to be involved in the development of community cohesion and inclusiveness.

Item ID: 46324
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-95902-6
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Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 02:03
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