Cultural Geography Workgroup

Practice Theory in Human Geography

Social practice is a central issue in Cultural and Social Geography – either as research object or as a conceptual perspective. The Practice Theory by the US-American social philosopher Theodore Schatzki describes the social world as a mesh of practices and their correspondent material arrangements that are interwoven in a complex way. In this sense a protest march combines the practice of rallying with its correspondent material arrangement – streets, protesters, banners etc. The same place (e.g. the same street corner) can have a totally different meaning in the context of different practices (rallying or commuting to work). Thus, the meaning of certain spaces and places can only be approached through the practices that are related to them. With this theory it should be possible to reconstruct social phenomena as concrete embodied “doings and sayings” in their relation to social and material conditions.

Demonstration BoliviaIn the research project “Militarized Landscapes – Landscapes of Memory: Practices of localized remembrance of the Cold War” which was funded by the DFG Gunnar Maus, drawing on Schatzki’s theory, developed the notion of “Landscape of Memory” as a conceptual approach based of localized practices of remembrance. In a research project addressing Food Sovereignty in Bolivia Benno Fladvad is dealing with political practices. Florian Dünckmann poses the question, in which way the public character of social practices can enrich a Public Geography. In the context of the DFG funded research project "Civic Engagement and Everyday Life" (2018-2019) Jens Reda adresses the ordinary sides of civic engagement in rural areas by bringing theories of the everyday and practice theoretical approaches in a dialogue.

Teacher´s demonstration in Bolivia
(Copyright: B. Fladvad)

More information available on the homepage of the scientific network: www.praktikentheorie.de

 

Research Projects

Food Sovereigny in Bolivia
(Dr. Benno Fladvad)

Militirarized landscapes - landscapes of memory
(Dr. Gunnar Maus)

Civic Engagement and Everyday Life
(Prof. Dr. Florian Dünckmann; Jens Reda)