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Writing Place. Abilities and Disabilities of Feminist Academic Writing in Place Research.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2009 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Writing Place

This paper focuses on the relationship between writing and qualitative research, and argues that the form that research is being (re-)presented in is an often neglected focus area. The paper departs from two different research projects concerning place experience. Place is perceived as the meaning making aspects of a physical location, and includes social and cultural aspects as well as individuals’ self images and identities.

Place experience is a phenomenon that is ethereal, it is dependent on the full co-operation of the senses, mind and body and it shifts from time to time and between individuals. It is an experience that often is perceived as being ‘non-verbal’. As not all aspects of a place experience is fully conscious but rather is a semi-conscious or unconscious communication between the self and place, the experience is dependent on the place in which it is experienced. It is not possible to fully recall a place experience when being elsewhere. When dealing with the ‘non-verbal’ the form of writing and the choice of words become increasingly important.

The paper argues that writing ‘in place’ is an effective approach to reflect also the non-verbal aspects of place experience, as the writing itself allows the researcher to understand, capture and express the multi-dimensionality of place. This writing may be useful both as a research material and as a final text for an article. It is also argued that the academic text gain from drawing on the literary novel or poetry as these texts more easily communicate experiences than the ‘traditional’ academic text. A subjective form of writing is an approach to position the work more clearly and, hence, helps to achieve objectivity.

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Keyword [en]
Place, Writing, Self, Subjectivity, Objectivity, Senses
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100910DiVA: diva2:211258
Feminist Research Methods, Stockholm University, 4-6 January, 2009
Dichotomous Places
Available from: 2009-04-13 Created: 2009-04-13 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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