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CHORA IN CURRENT GEOGRAPHICAL THOUGHT: PLACES OF CO-DESIGN AND RE-MEMBERING

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ABSTRACT.

Reading places is integrally linked to geographical studies. One of the oldest Western formulations of place is chora, which was introduced in Plato's Timaeus and has thereafter contributed to a rich tradition of interpretations. The geographical interest in chora has gradually increased as it has proven its value in making sense of the flowing conditions of contemporary social change. The gradual turn towards chora is also due to intense methodological rethinking in geography during recent decades. This article discusses the latest formulations of the geographies of chora, and focuses especially on the interpretations inspired by Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva. Their formulations of chora, including succeeding critiques, have encouraged us to rethink places of co-design and re-membering as illustrations of the paradoxes of chora as a ‘place in-between’.

Keywords: belonging; choral geographies; design; journeying; participation; place-making

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0467.2010.00351.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku, Finland, Email: paivi.kymalainen@utu.fi 2: Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland, Email: ari.lehtinen@uef.fi

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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