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For a relationship perspective on geographical ethics

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matej BlazekORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2019.

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We draw on a particular way of doing research – as volunteer-practitioners based in community-based organisations – to propose a relationship-centred perspective on geographical ethics. Grounded in a wider rationale driven by socio-spatial justice, politics of care and emotional work, the paper reflects on praxes of doing geographical research as volunteer-practitioners and considers how dimensions of relationship-forging in community settings can translate to, and enrich, the agendas of research, teaching, impact and collegiality in academic geography, even for those whose work does not unfold from community-based partnerships. The paper makes a three-fold call: for more nuanced recognition of the potential role of relationships in geographical working; for proliferation and nurturing of diverse academic outcomes; and for legitimisation of relationship praxes beyond normative forms of written outputs.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Blazek M, Askins K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2019

Volume: 52

Issue: 3

Pages: 464-471

Print publication date: 01/09/2020

Online publication date: 18/06/2019

Acceptance date: 15/05/2019

Date deposited: 16/05/2019

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/area.12561


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