Understanding smellscapes: sense-making of smell-triggered emotions in place

Xiao, Jieling and Kang, Jian and Tait, Malcolm (2020) Understanding smellscapes: sense-making of smell-triggered emotions in place. Emotion, Space and Society, 37. ISSN 1755-4586

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Smells can evoke strong emotions and convey social meanings associated with people and places. This study explored the perceptual process of smellscape perceptions through a case study in Sheffield Railway Station and Bus Interchange. Walk-along interviews were used to collect data on people’s perceptions onsite. It aims to understand how people make sense of their emotions triggered by smells in real life context, in relation to the physical space and onsite environment as well as their subjectivities. Nine perceptual patterns emerged in participants’ sense-makings of smellscapes : recognising or identifying, associating, locating, evaluating, anticipating, contextualising comparing, generalising and personalising. A perceptual process model has been constructive from the empirical data mapping the interrelationships between smells, spaces and emotions. The findings from this paper contributes to the theoretical understanding of ‘perception’ in the smellscape concept. The perceptual process model provides a framework to interpret and communicate smellscapes in future design and planning practice.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2020.100710
Date: 16 August 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: smellscape, place, perception, process, emotions, social-spatial, empirical
Subjects: C800 Psychology
K100 Architecture
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: jieling Xiao
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 13:16
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2020 10:01
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9347

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