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Loitering with intent: a cultural geography of Sullivans Cove


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Pafitis, A 2002 , 'Loitering with intent: a cultural geography of Sullivans Cove', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This is a study that is drawn from the discipline of cultural geography.
It explores the proposition that conviviality in public spaces contributes to a civil
society, and seeks to identify the physical qualities and characteristics of a place
that contribute to convivial activity. I have chosen to study conviviality in the
spaces of Sullivans Cove on the waterfront of the capital city of Hobart,
Tasmania, a landscape that in the last decade or more has undergone a
transformation from a neglected working port to a centre of social and civic
I have adopted the character of a flineuse to take the reader through a journey of
Sullivans Cove, and in so doing uncover real life activities that support the
propositions that I have chosen to investigate. Flineuses are traditionally known
as observers and loiterers of public spaces. The idea of the flineuse is used as a
device in this study by which the urban landscape can be narrativised. Observing
the public sphere with a flineuse raises questions about the aesthetic experiences
of public spaces and the possibilities that these spaces hold for citizenship.
This research revealed that conviviality has the potential to contribute to a civil
society. For conviviality to prosper it requires a place that is both physically and
psychologically safe, this is achieved through fulfilling conditions that encourage
a diversity of people and activity into an area.rin

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Pafitis, A
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