Living absence: the strange geographies of missing people

Parr, H. , Stevenson, O., Fyfe, N. and Woolnough, P. (2015) Living absence: the strange geographies of missing people. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33(2), pp. 191-208. (doi: 10.1068/d14080p)

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In this paper ‘missing people’ gain an unstable presence through their (restaged) testimonies recounting individual occupations of material urban public space during the lived practice of absence. We explore ‘missing experience’ with reference to homeless geographies, and as constituted by paradoxical spatialities in which people are both absent and present. We seek to understand such urban geographies of absence through diverse voices of missing people, who discuss their embodiment of unusual rhythmic occupations of the city. We conclude by considering how a new politics of missing people might take account of such voices in ways to think further about rights-to-be-absent in the city.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parr, Professor Hester and Stevenson, Dr Olivia
Authors: Parr, H., Stevenson, O., Fyfe, N., and Woolnough, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1472-3433
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Pion and its Licensors
First Published:First published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(2):191-208
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
512121Geographies of missing people: processes, experiences and responsesHester ParrEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/H030166/1SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL & EARTH SCIENCES