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The Salience of Place: More-than-human voices in the geographies of humans with Tourette syndrome

Beljaars, Diana and Anderson, Jonathan ORCID: 2015. The Salience of Place: More-than-human voices in the geographies of humans with Tourette syndrome. Presented at: Spaces of Attunement: Life, Matter and the Dance of Encounters, Cardiff University, 30-31 March 2015.

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Over recent years social scientists have acknowledged the agency and affect of non human entities and processes on human life. In a sense, this is an increasingly sophisticated and nuanced exploration of a process that human geographers have built their discipline upon: the influence of ‘place’ on the human condition. This paper seeks to frame these explorations by introducing the notion of ‘place salience’. ‘Place salience’ indicates the precarious yet fundamental relations between human beings and their more than human geographies. This conceptualisation celebrates a flat ontology and considers the non-human as crucial part of the complexity that governs these relations. The paper draws on empirical examples from humans with Tourette syndrome - individuals that can be framed as humans with a heightened sensitivity to illustrate the ways in which the different aspects of place (material, social, and particularly the non human) become salient for different people at different times. It concludes with underlining how using ‘place salience’ can help us be more attentive to the voices of the non-human.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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