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Precious reptiles: Social engagement and placemaking with saltwater crocodiles
- 31 July 2018
When care is defined by science: Exploring veterinary medicine through a more‐than‐human geography of empathy
- 29 July 2018
Veterinary medicine is the profession that is widely perceived as being at the forefront of animal care in the United Kingdom (UK). In order to regulate the profession, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons provides the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) as the principal ethical framework which must be adhered to by all UK veterinary surgeons. By exploring the CPC in relation with animal geographies, emotional geographies and science and technology studies, this paper shows how the CPC remains anthropocentric and focused on a rational scientism which limits affective attunement with non‐human animals and distrusts the role of emotion and affect in veterinary medicine.full access
A definition of relevant functional regions for international comparisons: The case of Central Europe
- 27 July 2018
AbstractThe paper brings a unique definition of functional regions with comparable parameters suitable for international comparisons. Three Central European countries with different settlement and regional structures are analysed. Besides the methodological contribution, the role of spatial behaviour is briefly discussed, and an interpretation of the results and a proposal for the possible application of functional regions in regional planning and regional analysis in international research tasks is given.free access
“Are we losing our way?” Navigational aids, socio‐sensory way‐finding and the spatial awareness of young adults
- 26 July 2018
AbstractThis paper reports on a study that explored the impacts of purported over‐reliance on GNSS‐based navigational aids on young adults’ way‐finding ability. Participants were asked to navigate a series of different (unfamiliar) routes on foot, using different navigational technologies each time, and were subsequently asked to recreate the routes taken using sketch maps in order to explore their spatial awareness and sense of place. We conclude that, although concerns about young people's way‐finding abilities may be overstated, the importance of sensory and social interactions with(in) environments might usefully be borne in mind in the development of future GNSS aids and locative media.Open access
National belonging post‐referendum: Britons living in other EU Member States respond to “Brexit”
- 23 July 2018
AbstractFollowing the EU Referendum, this paper tracks how pro‐Remain British migrants living in other EU Member States expressed a sense of shame and dislocation in relation to their national identity. Developed from a survey of 909 British nationals living in other EU Member States, it hopes to make a timely intervention into wider debates about privileged migration, Britishness, citizenship and belonging. First, it outlines a new articulation of the “bad Britain” discourse among emigrants, who saw the UK as increasingly characterised by xenophobia and insularity. Second, it seeks to understand how their national identity and sense of belonging was being renegotiated post‐referendum through a lens attentive to the cultural politics of emotion and innocence as an operation of whiteness.
Geographies of age: thinking relationally
- 2 August 2007
After or beyond feeling? A consideration of affect and emotion in geography
- 13 December 2005
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From 2017, Area will be running a regular feature of the journal - 'Ethics in/of Geographical Research'.
We welcome submissions from across the geographical community that consider diverse, contemporary concerns that fall under the broad remit of ethics. Submissions might focus on the following kinds of topics, although these are not exhaustive.
- The value of generic ethical principles, which extend across the different parts of the discipline and different geographical contexts.
- Across our subdisciplines, what it means to maximise benefits and minimise harm.
- New and emerging issues in relation to impact, data management, impact and archiving.
- Working with intermediaries in research.
- The ethics of contemporary scholarship, including publication.
- The intersections between different 'ethical' worlds - not least in international collaborations and an increasing emphasis on 'challenge-led' research.
We welcome submissions of various kinds: full research articles; commentaries; discussion fora and symposia; special sections. Therefore, guidance in terms of word limits will depend on the type of publication proposed, and we strongly encourage prospective authors to contact the Editors to discuss your ideas before submission. The other normal guidance available here on preparing and submitting manuscripts applies.