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What a difference place makes: Place gestalt theory and some methodological thoughts


Booth, KI, What a difference place makes: Place gestalt theory and some methodological thoughts, Qualitative Inquiry, 21, (1) pp. 20-27. ISSN 1077-8004 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1077800414542689


Place is a recurrent yet contested theme in the social sciences, and an emerging theme within qualitative inquiry. How one understands place has significant bearing upon the difference that place makes to methodology. Accounts that rely on fixed, bordered, and exclusionist notions of place-based authenticity are problematic. A conceptualisation of place as dynamic, open and more-than-human – theorised here as place gestalts – offers other methodological possibilities regarding the representation of the self in relation to place. It also offers a post human rationale for research that engages with the more intangible elements that, in part, constitute one’s sense of place, such as emotions, dreams and imaginings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Booth, KI (Dr Kate Booth)
ID Code:86874
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-10-30
Last Modified:2017-11-14
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