(Dis)embodied geographies

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In a progress report on `Geography and gender', Rose (1995: 545) focuses on `a growing concern with the bodily' in geography. Rose (1995: 545) claims that `an interest in the corporeal is becoming evident in a range of studies'. The aim of this article is to build on Rose's short report in three ways. First, I examine in detail this thing called `the body'. Secondly, I review the work of geographers who argue that a Cartesian separation between mind and body underpins geography.

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Progress in Human Geography 21,4 (1997) pp. 486501(Dis)embodied geographiesRobyn LonghurstDepartment of Geography, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton,New ZealandAbstract: Geographers are beginning to show interest in corporeality. The body is becomingevident in numerous geographical studies. It is timely, therefore, momentarily to `step back' andaddress the question `what is a body?' This article begins with an examination of some recentapproaches to understanding embodiment for example, phenomenological, psychoanalytic and`inscriptive' approaches. Secondly, it reviews the work of geographers who claim that a Cartesianseparation between mind and body underpins geographical discourse. Also discussed in thissection are some of the `costs' of this dualism underpinning geographical discourse. Finally,readers are alerted to a range of recent geographical literature in which the body is made explicit.This literature has the potential to prompt new understandings of power, knowledge and socialrelationships between people and places.In a progress report on `Geography and gender', Rose (1995: 545) focuses on `a growingconcern with the bodily' in geography. Rose (1995: 545) claims that `an interest in thecorporeal is becoming evident in a range of studies'. The aim of this article is to build onRose's short report in three ways. First, I examine in detail this thing called `the body'.Secondly, I review the work of geographers who argue that a

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