geographies of encounter

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‘Social behaviours draw upon previous encounters’ (Hitchings (2007) TIBG32, 3). Valentine (2008) PHG32, 3 observes that ‘encounters in public space…always carry with them a set of contextual expectations about appropriate ways of behaving which regulate our coexistence. These serve as an implicit regulatory framework for our performances and practices.’ R. Fincher and K. Iveson (2008) argue that libraries are spaces of encounter that have a redistributive function, offering free and equal access and a safe space for individuals and groups. See also Laurier and Philo (2006) Area 38, 4. Tolia-Kelly (2006) Area 38, 2.

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