From September 2005 we are collecting advance drafts of new articles, conference papers, reports from research projects, previously unpublished pieces and other works of note by members of the Institute of Geography online.

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  • Sophisticated geographies 

    Jacobs, Jane M (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2008)
    This paper offers a reflection on the relevance of Nietzsche to recent geographical scholarship. It starts by questioning the more general relationship between geography and philosophy/theory and interrogates what we ...
  • How to feel things with words 

    Laurier, Eric (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2007)
    A person X says to person Y ‘it’s here”. A common enough thing for someone to say to someone else, and a common enough expression for both to understand, yet professional analysts of language are troubled by what ‘it’s ...
  • Psychoanalytic theory 

    Bondi, Liz (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2007)
    Psychoanalytic theory and practice originated in the late nineteenth century in the work of Sigmund Freud (1956-1939). It offers a distinctive way of thinking about the human mind and of responding to psychological ...
  • On the relational dynamics of caring: a psychotherapeutic approach to emotional and power dimensions of women’s care work 

    Bondi, Liz (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2007)
    Care is double-edged and paradoxical, inspiring a vast range of strong feelings in both care-givers and care-recipients. This paper draws on ideas about psychotherapeutic relationships to offer a theorisation of the ...
  • ‘A real rollercoaster of confidence and emotions': learning to be a university student 

    Christie, Hazel; Tett, Lyn; Cree, Vivienne E; Hounsell, Jenny; McCune, Velda (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2007)
    Accounts of emotion and affect have recently gained popularity in studies of learning. This paper draws on qualitative research with a group of non-traditional students entering an elite university in the UK to illustrate ...
  • Home Truths: the myth and reality of regeneration in Dundee. 

    Glynn, Sarah (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2007)
    This paper presents a case study of processes that are changing the physical and social fabric of Dundee, concentrating on the proposed demolition of the multi-story flats that, for over thirty years, have dominated the ...
  • Globally useful conceptions of Alternative Food Networks in the developing south: the case of Johannesburg’s urban food supply system 

    Abrahams, Caryn N (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    Literature on alternative food networks (AFN) has hitherto included multifaceted foci such as short food supply chains (Ilbery and Maye 2005; Renting et al 2003), local food supply systems (Winter 2003; Hinrichs 2000), ...
  • The Nature of Gender: work, gender and environment 

    Nightingale, Andrea J (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    Gender has long been recognised as important within environmental issues, but exactly how and in what contexts it is relevant has been hotly debated. As feminist theorising around women and gender has changed, so ...
  • Too many houses for a home: Narrating the house in the Chinese diaspora 

    Jacobs, Jane M (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    The scale and extent of human mobility in contemporary times has added a new inflection to a question that has long pre-occupied scholars: this being the matter of ‘what is home?’ or, more precisely and following Agnes ...
  • Nature-Society and Development: Social, Cultural and Ecological Change in Nepal 

    Nightingale, Andrea J (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    This paper presents a theoretical framework for analyzing human-environment issues that examines shifting, dialectical relationships between social and power relations, cultural beliefs and practices, and ecological ...
  • Can Social Theory Adequately Address Nature-Society Issues? Do political ecology and science studies in Geography incorporate ecological change? 

    Nightingale, Andrea J (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    There has been an expansion of interest in nature-society issues within human geography spurred by the rich, sophisticated analyses of environment-development issues within the Third World. This latter work emerged out ...
  • A Forest Community or Community Forestry? Beliefs, meanings and nature in north-western Nepal 

    Nightingale, Andrea J (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    In this paper I outline a history of community forestry in Nepal and highlight how it has been embedded within different understandings of ecosystems and development. In particular, the Theory of Himalayan Environmental ...
  • ‘The experts taught us all we know’: Professionalisation and Knowledge in Nepalese Community Forestry 

    Nightingale, Andrea J (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    Environmentalist concerns over the state of Nepal’s ‘fragile forests’ resulted in the establishment of Community Forestry projects. These community-based projects are partnerships between the state and community user-groups ...
  • The modern touch: Interior design and modernisation in post-independence Singapore 

    Cairns, Stephen; Jacobs, Jane M (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    This paper takes as its empirical focus the advice on interior design and decoration that Singapore’s Housing Development Board (HDB) distributed to residents as part of its programme of universal housing provision. ...
  • ‘A tall storey…but, a fact just the same’: The Red Road highrise as a black box 

    Jacobs, Jane M; Cairns, Stephen; Strebel, Ignaz (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    The advent of state-sponsored mass highrise housing in the post-war period brought into view a range of issues about the role of technology in everyday life. This paper draws on approaches in the study of science and ...
  • Rotating maps and users: praxiological aspects of alignment and orientation 

    Laurier, Eric; Brown, Barry (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    A longstanding topic in our notions of what geographic knowledge could be is the mental map, or, in its most recent form, mental spatial representations. In this paper we draw upon ethnomethodological critiques of cognition, ...
  • Caring for Nature: subjectivity, boundaries and environment. 

    Nightingale, Andrea J (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006)
    The environmental movement has brought to the mainstream ideas about how to care, love and protect ‘nature’. Many people passionately propound these ideas and are scornful or morally outraged at others who objectify, ...
  • The Spirit of ’71: how the Bangladeshi War of Independence has haunted Tower Hamlets. 

    Glynn, Sarah (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006-08)
    In 1971 Bengalis in Britain rallied en masse in support of the independence struggle that created Bangladesh. This study explores the nature and impact of that movement, and its continuing legacy for Bengalis in Britain, ...
  • Marxism and Multiculturalism. 

    Glynn, Sarah (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006-08)
    Most current debate on multiculturalism revolves around fundamental conflicts within liberalism. The liberal hegemony has meant that the intense and detailed debates that accompanied the evolution of Marxist social ...
  • Playing the Ethnic Card - politics and ghettoisation in London’s East End 

    Glynn, Sarah (Institute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburgh, 2006-08)
    Ghettoisation is a politically charged subject, and politicians are often accused of encouraging racism and ghettoisation by ‘playing the race card’. But it is not just political parties that may be found to be promoting ...

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