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Memory work in geography and environmental studies: some suggestions for teaching and research

Stratford, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6273-493X 1997 , 'Memory work in geography and environmental studies: some suggestions for teaching and research' , Australian Geographical Studies, vol. 35, no. 2 , pp. 206-219 , doi:

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In geography and environmental studies, the subjective and objective are often pitted one against the other, and we are often required to divorce the personal and anecdotal from our formal production of knowledge. I question the sense of this practice. First, I examine a method of self-exploration, known as memory work. I then describe how this method can be used in teaching and research to help us explore how we make and give meaning to place. Beyond these concerns, I also discuss some of the links between memory work and the conception of subjectivity and place in geography and environmental studies. Finally, I comment on how both memory and the language in which we couch our experiences are central concerns for geographers and environmental scholars wishing to effect social change.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Stratford, E
Keywords: memory work; teaching; research; methodology; story-telling
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Geographical Studies
ISSN: 0004-9190
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