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Hawkins H.,Aberystwyth University | Sacks S.,Oxford Brookes University | Cook I.,University of Exeter | Rawling E.,University of Oxford | And 17 more authors.
Antipode | Year: 2011

A new field of "public geographies" is taking shape (Fuller 2008) in geography's mainstream journals. While much is "traditional", with intellectuals disseminating academic research via non-academic outlets (Castree 2006; Mitchell 2008; Oslender 2007), less visible is the "organic" work and its "more involved intellectualizing, pursued through working with area-based or single-interest groups, in which the process itself may be the outcome" (Ward 2006:499; see Fuller and Askins 2010). A number of well-known projects exist where research has been "done not merely for the people we write about butwiththem" (Gregory 2005:188; see also Cahill 2004; Johnston and Pratt 2010). However, collaborative writing of academic publications which gives research participants authorial credit is unusual (mrs kinpainsby 2008; although see Sangtin Writers and Nagar 2006). This paper is about an organic public geographies project called "Making the connection". It is written by a diverse collection of (non-academic participants who contributed to the project before it had started, as it was undertaken, and/or after it had finished. This is a "messy", process-oriented text (Cook et al. 2007) working through the threads (partially) connecting the activities of its main collaborators, including a referee who helped get the paper to publication. © 2011 The Authors Antipode © 2011 Editorial Board of Antipode.

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