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Knowing the city: maps, mobility and urban outreach work

Hall, Thomas Adrian and Smith, Robin James 2014. Knowing the city: maps, mobility and urban outreach work. Qualitative Research 14 (3) , pp. 294-310. 10.1177/1468794112469623

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Abstract

This article is concerned with the relationship between (pedestrian) movement and (local) knowledge. Drawing upon ethnography conducted with a team of urban outreach workers, the article considers mapping, and specifically the use of Global Positioning System technology, as a method with which to document the spatial distribution of the team’s practice as they search for and locate their rough-sleeping client group. Outreach workers are experts in the terrain in which they operate; maps of their movements, therefore, might be said to entail a mapping of knowledge, enacted in movement, and our informants do not move randomly, but knowledgeably. Our argument, however, grounded in an attention to the way in which knowledge and movement combine in the street-level practices of urban outreach, provides a foundation for a critique of mapping as an analytic practice in and through which relations of knowing and going can be shown and understood.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1468-7941
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2017 19:56
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72766

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