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Volume 70, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 70, 225–237, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-70-225-2015
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Special issue: Theorien der Praxis in der Geographie

Geogr. Helv., 70, 225–237, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-70-225-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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Geographien zwischen Diskurs und Praxis – Mit Wittgenstein Anknüpfungspunkte von Diskurs- und Praxistheorie denken

C. Baumann, A. Tijé-Dra, and J. Winkler C. Baumann et al.
  • Institut für Geographie, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

Abstract. Current discussions about a practice turn in human geography raise questions about whether discourse analytical approaches are focusing too strongly on symbolic representations. However, practice-theoretical conceptions privilege the analysis of everyday practices, discussing issues of embodiment and materiality. Following the considerations of Ludwig Wittgenstein, we assume certain connections between these two fields of study and explore the links between discourse and practice theory by employing the Wittgensteinian concepts of language-games and rule-following. Focussing on the discourse theory of Laclau and Mouffe and the practice theory of Schatzki, we show to what extend both theories are informed by Wittgenstein's work and can be seen as different types of language-games analyses. We highlight the similarities and discuss the differences in the basic interests of these theories. Finally, we introduce an integrative „Wittgensteinian approach“ that is illustrated by two empirical examples of geographical inquiry – practices of a new rurality and rap-music in stigmatized banlieus.

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In this paper, we discuss connections between two important concepts in human geography: discourse and practice. Focussing on the discourse theory of Laclau/Mouffe and the practice theory of Schatzki, we show how both theories are informed by the philosophy of Wittgenstein. After highlighting similarities and differences within their basis interests, we introduce an integrative approach ‘between discourse and practice’ that is illustrated by two empirical examples.
In this paper, we discuss connections between two important concepts in human geography:...
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