5. Conclusion


In conclusion, the sonic environment of marginal Belfast neighborhoods reveals both a social segregation and a morphological fragmentation that can be approached through a policy design perspective. The fieldwork shows how ice cream van melodies affect people with a similar potency according to their class and community identification, and how policy design should take that into account in its decision-making on licensing. To this end sonic studies could constructively cooperate with urban planning when examining issues of urban marginality.

Sound has the potential to orient the inquiry and drive strategic planning priorieties; a shared acknowledgment of the sonic identities experienced within segregated communities can encourage marginal areas inhabitants to reach beyond their limits toward a "sweet" resolution.

Dead end street in West Belfast, 2015 – Photo: Nicola Di Croce.