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The body may be seen as: the smallest unit of geography upon which may be inscribed power and resistance (Camp (2002) J. Southern Hist. 68); a map of meaning and power (Simonsen (2000) TIBG25); or a cultural representation of masculinity or femininity (R. Ainly1998). It is also a form of reference by which supposedly ‘disembodied’ dominant cultures designate certain groups—the elderly, ethnic minorities, females, the obese, the disabled, and so on—as other (N. Duncan1996; A. Blunt and G. Rose1994; and S. Pile and N. Thrift1995). The figure of the body can be a metaphor for understanding socio-spatial relations in contemporary culture (Dyck and O'Brien (2003) Canad. Geogr./Géog. canad. 47, 4).

Sexed bodies

can create spaces, as in a gay pride parade (Johnston (2001) Annal. Tour. Res. 28, 1). The notion of the raced body tied to the land ‘is not novel, having been used to discredit urban Aboriginals, claiming that once they leave the land, they cease to be Aboriginal’ (Wazana (2004) Refuge 01–03–2004). Every researcher—including you—is situated in her or his own body; embodied.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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