Narrating spaces. Innovative entries to (school) geography

Hofmann R (2014)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2014


Publisher: EUROGEO

Book Volume: 5

Pages Range: 70-80

Journal Issue: 1


Narratives are part of our daily practices; we attempt to understand our world based on different “stories”. Referring to the concept of homo narrans (Fisher 1984), every human being can tell stories and holds the ability of narrative rationality. In today’s world we cannot know everything nor precisely quantify the world by mere numbers. Narratives thus play a vital role in the production and transmission of plausible knowledge. As patterns of explanation, narratives go far beyond told or written accounts. For geographical prospects, conceiving spaces as narratives helps recognising one’s own bondage and making sense of complex natural and social processes (Daniels & Lorimer 2012). Narrating spaces means authenticating objective facts into subjectively experienced, multiply lived places (Rhode-Jüchtern 2012). Although narrative knowledge (vs. scientific knowledge) (Lyotard 1986 [1979]) does not need formal legitimation it does not lack reliability. The concept of narrative geography is thus further delved into in order to appraise its application for geography education.

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Hofmann, R. (2014). Narrating spaces. Innovative entries to (school) geography. European journal of geography, 5(1), 70-80.


Hofmann, Romy. "Narrating spaces. Innovative entries to (school) geography." European journal of geography 5.1 (2014): 70-80.

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