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Department
Geography
Course
Geography 2144A/B
Professor
L.Graham Smith
Semester
Winter

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Guest Lecture- Mar. 12. 12 -Michel Foucault (Geographer) -Yi Fu Tuan (Philosopher) -Absent presence: fb, e-mail etc. while on vacation Before: distance played a vital role; contact affected by speed & reliability of communication Now: no problem with contact; distance does not play a role- Internet, cell phones, Facebook, blogs, etc. Do we ever leave home? -Concept of home, how we define home -Purpose of vacation Home: somewhere comfortable, familiarity, friends and routine, -Shelter (material) -Social relationships (symbolic) -Located; “thresholds between memory and nostalgia, everyday life in the present, and future dreams and fears” -Site: of domesticity and consumption (politics: struggle or resistance) -Fixed, bounded and confining 9rootedness); but also fluid, evolving, liberating Multiple meanings (Somerville) -Shelter: physical security -Hearth: relaxation, comfort and a place to welcome visitors -Heart: support, stability, and affection (symbolic), being with friends and family -Privacy: central part of being at home, control, can lead to privatism: withdrawal from public life and into the home (if it becomes too much of a comfort zone we may withdraw, viewed as negative aspect of home) -Roots: identity and meaningfulness… somewhere we return and identify with -Adobe: any place where one can sleep and rest -Paradise: idealization of all positive features (ideological construct) Scale -Individual: home (sense of belonging, identity and rootedness) -Nation: (very import for sport communities) homeland, ex. Diasporic communities- emotional and physical connection to homeland; refugees; immigrants) Housing design: not just neutral “containers”- a reflection of our social values, practices and norms Feminist geographers argue: homes can be read like ‘maps’ of social structures and values -Privacy -Occupants: number, ‘place’ of women/men Guest Lecture- Mar. 12. 12 -Use of space -Home and work (reproduction and production) -However, work criticized for being overly simplistic (assuming homogeneity) & environmentally deterministic (ignored complex social relationships) Homed and homeless -Absence of a ‘place’ to sleep and receive mail (social disaffiliation) -BUT… being ‘homeless’ is a continuum; shelterless, temporary or insecure housing -Res, living on campus -Violence within the home (‘hidden homelessness’) -Not only urban problem, rural as well (but maybe more hidden, or individuals may decide to migrate to urban areas to change this) -Not only no shelter, but no hearth, heart, privacy, roots, adobe or paradise -However, homeless do create relationships, social networks & appropriate spaces that take on the ‘meaning of home’ (benches etc) -Moving them to a shelter may “take them away from their home” Home is a location and emotion, but is it a space or place? Stumbleupon, beautifual mess, Space and place: Perspective of experience (Yi-Fu Tuan) -Space- freedom; long for -Place- security and attachment Pause within space Centre of felt value Spaces and places- saturated
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