“…in making the city, man has remade himself.” – Robert Park, quoted by Harvey Probably one of my favorite urban theories is the idea of recreating the city by living in and engaging with it. David Harvey, a huge proponent and influential theorist of things like the right to the city and the recreation of the … More The Cartographic Imagination: Katie in Edinburgh
Private spaces are curious spaces because they can be simultaneously welcoming and exclusive, safe and disconcerting, open and closed, intimate and alienating. How we come to discover private spaces – beyond the comfort (or lack thereof) of our own flats – is an adventure, as it requires leaving the public sphere and entering into a new … More Intimate Spaces
This week, my readings focused mainly on the role that gender plays in creating spaces like the pub and cafe, how certain perceptions and expectations of masculinity and femininity are perpetuated as well as contested in these ‘gendered’ spaces. Using as guides Bernadette Scott’s (2006) article on ‘Scottish Cafe Society’ and Emslie and Hunt’s (2013) article … More Pubs & Cafes: Gendered Spaces, Normative and Divergent
I pass by someone on the street and catch a quick glimpse of their phone screen. I see the familiar tan background, the finicky blue line and arrow that seems to always point the wrong direction. A tiny, urbanistically-superior voice in the back of my head mutters, ‘Tourist.’ Not everyone has smart phones, but Google Maps … More Don’t Worry: I’ve Got Google Maps!
What does it mean to be an ethnographer? What is ethnography? One way to define it is the construction of ‘insightful narrative about social and organizational culture,’ as Cathy Kaufman (2008) describes in the introduction to her article ‘Cultural Portraits for Beginning Ethnographers.’ It is an active getting-to-know the culture you’re studying in order to … More An Ethnographer in the Making… Always
The idea of utopia makes many people nervous because it immediately brings to mind images of ‘unrealistic’ fantasies conjured up by someone with their head in the clouds. Even the more ‘grounded’ utopian visions are critiqued and ridiculed for their outlandish impossibility and impracticality; just look at the innumerable blockbusters about utopias and ‘better’ … More Reconstituting the Possible: A Reflective Review
How many different places can you see in 36 hours? Apparently quite a few: Glasgow, Luss, Loch Lomond, Loch Tulla, Glencoe, the Three Sisters, River Coe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Loch Garry, Loch Oich, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Alsh, Loch Long, Loch Duich, Skye Bridge, Kyleakin, Kyle of Lochalsh, Castle Moil, Sligachan Bridge, the Cuillins, … More Hurry, Hurry, Hurry: Consuming the Landscape of the Highlands