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LectureMonApril7 - Politics and Poetics of...

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Politics and Poetics of Place-Space (Where am I?)
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Ethnographic Projects Lost, questions, clarifications? …
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Exploring common definitions Place?   Space?   Body? Time?    Memory?
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• Politics of place=power relations in negotiating use  and representation of place • Poetics of place=our aesthetic, affective and  metaphoric attachements to places • Body-place-memory: there are no neutral bodies,  places or memories • all experiences of place are embodied and actively  re-imagined through our daily practices and  through representations • We learn to navigate new places based on previous  homescapes
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• Official geographic knowledge is embedded in  encyclopedias and works of geography. The  knowledge of environments and places that we have as  individuals and members of a particular society is  selective and subjective, shaped by our own socio- cultural locations and subject positions.  • through language and body socialization/enculturation  we learn to perceive, name, classify and experience  • Experiences of place are developed through social  interactions, this is, through our relations in space to  environments, people, objects & our own embodiment
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perception of places and the way we experience  them. .. • “The world feels spacious and friendly when it  accommodates our desires, and cramped when it  frustrate them”  • “sense of time affects sense of place”  • “When space feels thoroughly familiar to us, it has  become place” • we learn to navigate place with all our senses, as an  embodied experience of movement and rest
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• our identities are shaped and anchored to objects,  spaces and place-memory, and through our practices  and actions as  individuals and in groups we shape  and transform our environments • “Sense of self, weather individual or collective,  grows out of the exercise of power [to inhabit  places]” • cognition, emotion, consciousness and memory shape  the subjective ways we both create and experience a  sense of place, claim spaces for our movements and  actions and inscribe our stories into historic-time
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• How does a person learn to navigate a  particular place? • How do we create attachment to place? • How is our identity shaped by place,  space/time?
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• “Way-finding is the original function of the  environmental image, and the basis on which its  emotional associations may have been founded. ..the  terror of been lost comes from the necessity that a  mobile organism be oriented in its surroundings”
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