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Volume 70, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 70, 215-223, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-70-215-2015
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Special issue: Theorien der Praxis in der Geographie

Geogr. Helv., 70, 215-223, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-70-215-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Standard article 01 Sep 2015

Standard article | 01 Sep 2015

Landscapes of memory: a practice theory approach to geographies of memory

G. Maus G. Maus
  • Department of Geography, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 14, 24098 Kiel, Germany

Abstract. Conceptualised from a practice theory perspective, "landscape" can be employed as an overarching term encompassing otherwise divergent perspectives within geographies of memory: landscape of memory can denote social practice, meaningful materiality, individual experience, and collective imaginations as constituent of localised memory. Using Theodore Schatzki's practice theory, landscapes of memory are described as a social phenomenon: practices of memory contextualise certain places as meaningful in relation to the past. In turning to small Cold War munitions bunkers, by way of example, it is demonstrated how this perspective broadens the scope of geographies of memory to include everyday practices and their relation to collective memories.

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