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Human Affairs

Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

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Volume 17, Issue 2


Practice, Spatiality and Embodied Emotions: An Outline of a Geography of Practice

Kirsten Simonsen
  • Department of Environmental, social and spatial change, Roskilde University, Postboks 260 DK-4000 Roskilde Denmark
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Published Online: 2007-12-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10023-007-0015-8

Practice, Spatiality and Embodied Emotions: An Outline of a Geography of Practice

The paper outlines an approach to social analysis/human geography taking off from a social ontology of practice. This means a focus of attention to embodied or practical knowledges and their formation in people's everyday lives, to the world of experiences and emotions, and to the infinitude of encounters through which we make the world and are made by it in turn. The paper proceeds in three parts. First, considering the way in which subjectivity and identity are created in and through practices sets the ground. The two following sections are extensions from that discussing "embodiment and spatiality" and "affectivity and emotion" respectively. The purpose is threefold; to develop the sensuous character of practice, to consider the spatialities involved in that character, and to discuss possible developments including power and the social differentiation of bodies. The paper is concluded by a short discussion of the geographies following from the suggested account.

Keywords: Practice; embodiment; space-time; emotion

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Published Online: 2007-12-17

Published in Print: 2007-12-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 168–181, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10023-007-0015-8.

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