The inter-corporeal emergence of landscape: negotiating sight, blindness and ideas of landscape in the British countryside

Macpherson, H.M. (2009) The inter-corporeal emergence of landscape: negotiating sight, blindness and ideas of landscape in the British countryside Environment and Planning A, 41 (5). pp. 1042-1054. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

In this paper I explore some of the ways in which people with visual impairments see landscape and participate in visual cultures of landscape apprehension. I draw on ethnographic and interview material, developed while acting as a sighted guide for specialist blind and visually impaired walking groups who visit the landscapes of the Lake District and Peak District in Britain. Through this research material I show how landscape is likely to become present for people with blindness or visual impairment through both their individual capacities for sight and a complex mix of discursive,material, social, and historical relations. Specifically, I argue that there is an intercorporeal, collective dimension to this emergence of landscape and this intercorporeality is evident at both a perceptual and a discursive level. I suggest that future research needs to attend further to how landscape emerges and becomes present through intercorporeal processes.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1068/a40365
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 10:32
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/6029

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