Unravelling the geographical palimpsest through fieldwork: discovering a sense of place

Marvell, Alan D and Simm, David (2016) Unravelling the geographical palimpsest through fieldwork: discovering a sense of place. Geography, 101 (3). pp. 125-136. ISSN 0016-7487

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Abstract

Fieldwork enables students to gain a greater understanding of the people and places that they encounter. Urban areas are popular destinations for fieldwork because they present a landscape that is in a continual state of change. Yet,as this article indicates, the past is ever present in the urban landscape as each place can be regarded as a palimpsest, where layers of history, geography, culture and politics co-exist. Through active participation in fieldwork, students have the potential to unravel this palimpsest and discover a deeper sense of that place. The example used here reflects upon urban fieldwork in Barcelona as experienced by a group of undergraduate students who, as they carried out and reflected upon their field work, benefited from gaining a sense of place informed by a range of geographical processes and meanings. The article concludes with a series of suggestions for those embarking on fieldwork and wishing to unravel the geographical palimpsest.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Final Published version distributed here by permission of the Geographical Association.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barcelona; Fieldwork; Geography; Sense of place; Palimpsest; Pedagogy; Student; Learning
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Marketing and Retail
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Alan Marvell
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 14:23
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2017 10:39
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3978

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