chapter  1
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Field

ByHarriet Hawkins

The field is a key site where geographical problems are defined, analysed, and actually acted on, but it is also a ‘shared space,’ that as Louise Bracken and Emma Mawdsley suggest, crosses the sub-boundaries of Geography as a discipline, helping to shape its contours. Geography has long been engaged in a project to reimagine the field. This could, of course, cover almost any form of methodological literature, including embodied, emotional, affective, sensory, and practice-based approaches to the world. This is a somewhat different aesthetics of fieldwork to that which Marcus describes, at the root of which is process, and which foregrounds ‘pro-ductive’ rather than ‘ab-ductive’ methodologies. The masculinism of the field, while roundly critiqued across geography retains, like the Malowinoskian mise-en-scène of ethnography, an enduring power. For those geographers interested in sonic methods, as Michael Gallagher writes, attending to sound requires a shared sense of vibrating bodily territories.