Hetherington, Kevin (2003) Spatial textures : place, touch and praesentia. Environment and Planning A, 35 (11). pp. 1933-1944. ISSN 0308-518XFull text not available from this repository.
In this paper I consider the everyday ways in which people make place through touch. Beginning with discussions with visually impaired people about their experiences of museum places, I seek to offer a more general understanding of the coconstruction of place and subjectivity through the role of touch. Touch produces a form of confirmation of the subject - world at the interface between the materiality of that world and the hand. Such an encounter is understood not as initially meaningful and representational to a subject who is distinct and distally knowledgable about the world, but as constitutive -- through a proximal encounter with the praesentia of a place, which is both present and absent -- of the subject itself. As such, I aim to contribute to ongoing debates around the themes of performativity and nonrepresentationalist knowledge within geography.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Environment and Planning A|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Deposited On:||05 Mar 2009 10:08|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 16:23|
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