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(Re)enchanting geography? The nature of being critical and the character of critique in human geography

Woodyer, T. and Geoghegan, H. (2013) (Re)enchanting geography? The nature of being critical and the character of critique in human geography. Progress in Human Geography, 37 (2). pp. 195-214. ISSN 0309-1325

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/0309132512460905

Abstract/Summary

Enchantment is a term frequently used by human geographers to express delight, wonder or that which cannot be simply explained. However, it is a concept that has yet to be subject to sustained critique, specifically how it can be used to progress geographic thought and praxis. This paper makes sense of, and space for, the unintelligibility of enchantment in order to encourage a less repressed, more cheerful way of engaging with the geographies of the world. We track back through our disciplinary heritage to explore how geographers have employed enchantment as a force through which the world inspires affective attachment. We review the terrain of the debate surrounding recent geographical engagements with enchantment, focusing on the nature of being critical and the character of critique in human geography, offering a new ‘enchanted’ stance to our geographical endeavours. We argue that the moment of enchantment has not passed with the current challenging climate; if anything, it is more pressing.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Human Environments
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:34223
Uncontrolled Keywords:academic stance; affirmative critique; disenchantment; enchantment; humanistic geography
Publisher:Sage

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