Geography Meets Gendlin

An Exploration of Disciplinary Potential through Artistic Practice

  • Janet Banfield

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Disciplinary Terrain and Connections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-23
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      Pages 25-41
  3. Exploring Gendlin’s Ideas through Artistic Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
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      Pages 81-102
  4. Exploring Gendlin’s Methods through Artistic Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
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      Pages 105-123
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 145-149

About this book


This book makes a timely and engaging contribution to geography’s resurgent interest in art and artistic practice, as well as to growing geographical concerns with embodied or pre-reflective experience. It introduces Eugene Gendlin’s philosophical and methodological work to stimulate geographical thinking and practice, and explores its disciplinary potential through innovative practice-based research into artistic spatial experience. Gendlin’s philosophy and techniques for articulating the pre-reflective are explained and illustrated using artists’ accounts of their practices, both retrospectively and during their practice. The geographical implementation of research methods informed by those techniques is detailed and critiqued. Diverse and potentially contradictory findings, and potentially problematic methodological choices, are discussed, accounted for, and reframed through Gendlin’s ideas. Significant geographical potential within Gendlin’s work—philosophical, conceptual and methodological—is identified and described, and avenues and challenges for further investigation are highlighted. This first step towards a Gendlin-informed geography invites further engagement with his work.  

Janet Banfield is a lecturer in human geography at Hertford College, Oxford University, UK. With publications in both geography (Cultural Geographies) and psychology (Journal of Phenomenological Psychology), Janet’s research integrates interdisciplinary understandings and practices. Her research focuses on the generation of space and identity during cultural practices, and on methodological innovation within this field. 


Eugene Gendlin Geography Geographies of artistic practice Non-representational geography Psychology Practice-based research Artistic practice Image-making Video-elicitation Methodological innovation Qualitative methods Subjectivity Spatiality Post-phenomenological Affect Implicit exploration geography

Authors and affiliations

  • Janet Banfield
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Oxford OxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60439-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-60440-8
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