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Volume 69, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 69, 171–181, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-69-171-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Geogr. Helv., 69, 171–181, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-69-171-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Standard article 08 Oct 2014

Standard article | 08 Oct 2014

Von Interaktion zu Transaktion – Konsequenzen eines pragmatischen Mensch-Umwelt-Verständnisses für eine Geographie der Mitwelt

C. Steiner C. Steiner
  • Institut für Geographie, Universität Osnabrück/Institut für Humangeographie, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany

Abstract. Questions about how human-environment-relations can be conceptualized in a non-dualistic way have been intensively discussed throughout the last decades. The majority of the established realist and constructivist perspectives aim at explaining a given situation by analytically dissecting it. Unfortunately, such an interactionist perspective systematically reproduces the dualistic division between humans, environment and nature.

In contrast, this paper offers a transactive perspective origin in classical pragmatism and discusses its meta-theoretical consequences for human-environment-research. A transactionist perspective interprets the world as a flow of unique and entangled events. Instead of ontologically separating humans and environment, it advocates to look at their relations as being part of a "connatural world". Such a point of view raises new ethical and political questions for geographical human-environment research, argues for a renaissance of ideographic methodologies and hints to a fruitful unity of geographical inquiry.

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