Civic geographies: pictures and other things at an exhibition

Philo, C. , Askins, K. and Cook, I. (2015) Civic geographies: pictures and other things at an exhibition. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(2), pp. 355-366.

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This paper introduces an Interventions theme section of ACME exploring the possibilities raised by the notion of ‘civic geographies’, inquiring what it might mean to rework an older, sometimes conservative and even reactionary version of ‘civics’ into alternative ways of intervening in the world, ‘counter-civics’ perhaps, with a potentially critical and transformative edge. Taking seriously the connective or associational dimensions of civics, coupled to a sensibility of engaging with the places, buildings and wider infrastructures of civic life, this collection does not seek to settle the matter of what civic geographies might entail, neither in the world nor as lens for critical-geographical theory-and-praxis. Nonetheless, it seeks to ask fresh questions through the medium of academic papers that initially grew from what might itself be deemed a practical civic intervention, namely contributions to an exhibition held in 2012 at an international Geography conference. The introductory paper that now follows will critically review the notion of civic geographies, underlining its unsettled and maybe unsettling dimensions, as well as elaborating the rationale for an exhibition that now becomes this theme section in ACME.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Philo, Professor Christopher and Askins, Dr Kye
Authors: Philo, C., Askins, K., and Cook, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies
Publisher:University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Author
First Published:First published in ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 14(2):355-366
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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