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Situated Knowledge and Visual Education: Patrick Geddes and Reclus's Geography (1886–1932)

ContributorsFerretti, Federico
Published inJournal of geography, p. 1-17
Publication date2016

This article addresses Patrick Geddes's relationship with geography and visual education by focusing on his collaboration with the network of the anarchist geographers Elie, Elisée, and Paul Reclus. Drawing on empirical archival research, it contributes to the current debates on geographies of anarchist education and on geographic teaching. The main argument is that the collaboration between Geddes and the Recluses inaugurated specific strategies of multisensorial geographic education that were not limited to the sight, and that questioned and relativized the uniqueness of the observer's standpoint through devices like the Hollow Globe. Focusing on apparatuses like the Outlook Tower's geographic exposition and the Valley Section, it shows in which ways Geddes engaged with Elisée Reclus's critique of representation and geography as a visual discipline.

  • Patrick Geddes
  • Reclus family
  • Hollow Globe
  • Visual education
  • Teaching of geography
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FERRETTI, Federico. Situated Knowledge and Visual Education: Patrick Geddes and Reclus’s Geography (1886–1932). In: Journal of geography, 2016, p. 1–17. doi: 10.1080/00221341.2016.1204347
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