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Memory Work, Geography and Environmental studies: Some Suggestions for Teaching and Research


Stratford, E, Memory Work, Geography and Environmental studies: Some Suggestions for Teaching and Research, Australian Geographical Studies, 35, (2) pp. 206-219. ISSN 0004-9190 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-8470.00020


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Education and Training Systems
Objective Field:Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:9603
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2009-10-27

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