Showing posts with label place. Show all posts
Showing posts with label place. Show all posts

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Non-Visual Geographies

Jacobson, R.D. (2010) Non-Visual Geographies In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography, Sage: London.


The construction, interpretation, and meaning of non-visual landscapes explores the role of sensory and perceptual modes other than vision in the construction of geographic space. It positions itself at the boundary between social theory and behavioral geography by examining the ways in which non-visual modes of information acquisition and processing reflect geographic environments and in turn shape those same places by structuring the subjective understanding and behavior of people and their symbolic understanding of space.  This understanding and representation of geographic space, occurs from several diverse conceptual perspectives, including behavioral geography and post-structuralism. At the individual level we gather
information in an environment, from all our senses other than vision: including hearing, smell, taste, and touch including kinesthesia (muscle memory). Our spatial behaviour is informed by these other sense modalities facilitating an understanding of space and place.  

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Disability, geography of

Jacobson, R. D. (2006) Disability, geography of. In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Sage: London. pp. 109-111. Invited


 The term disability is contested; used in many different ways in different contexts, and increasingly narrowly defined in legal terms with recent legislation. In general disability is the study of people with mind and body differences, commonly referred to as physical and / or mental impairments, and the interactions between society and the capacity of disabled people to function as independent individuals.  Geography of disability explores disabled peoples’ experiences of space and place, investigating the relationships between the geographical environment, the nature of an individual’s impairment and the role of society as a mechanism for
including or marginalizing people with disabilities.