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Spatial textures: place, touch, and praesentia

Hetherington, Kevin (2003). Spatial textures: place, touch, and praesentia. Environment and Planning A, 35(11) pp. 1933–1944.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a3583
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Abstract

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 non-representationalist knowledge within geography.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1472-3409
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Geography
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 4520
Depositing User: Users 6043 not found.
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4520
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