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Geographies and Moralities. International Perspectives on Development, Justice and Place. RGS–IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2247097
  • Book
  • September 2004
  • Region: Global
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This topical book addresses contemporary concern with the interconnections between geography and morality. It recognizes that there are moral geographies , involving differences in moral values and practices from place to place. It also recognizes that there are moralities in geography, in the sense of research methods and practices which may be subject to normative evaluation and codes of professional ethics.

After a foreword by Revaz Gachechiladze and an introductory chapter by the editors explaining the academic context and approach adopted, contributors from a number of different countries provide international perspectives on the issues, supported by case studies from their own original research. These case studies deal with a wide range of controversial topics, including global inequalities, uneven development in Europe, struggles over human rights in Nigeria, territorial conflict in Israel and land reform in post–apartheid South Africa.

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Series Editors′ Preface.

Notes on Contributors.




1. Introduction: Geographies of Morality/Moralities of Geography: Roger Lee and David M. Smith (Both at Queen Mary, University of London).

Part I: Geography and Ethics: Method and Practice.

2. The Quality of Ethics: Moral Causation and the Interdisciplinary Science of Geography: William S. Lynn (Centre for Humans and Nature in New York).

3. On the Pavement: Reflections on Fieldwork with Poor Black Women Street Traders in Durban, South Africa: Priscilla Cunnan (Queen Mary, University of London).

Part II: Moral Geographies of Uneven Development.

4. Globalisation, Production and Inequalities in Development: Peter Dicken (University of Manchester).

5. Regional Inequality, Convergence and Enlargement in the European Union: Nigel Spence (Queen Mary, University of London).

6. Moral Problems of Eastern Wilderness: European Core and Periphery: Boleslaw Domañski (Jagiellonian University).

7. Where the Grass is Greener in Poland: Regional and Intra–urban Inequalities: Grzegorz Wêclawowicz (Polish Academy of Sciences).

Part III: Moral Geographies of Distribution: Justice, Welfare and Rights.

8. Social Exclusion, Health and Health Care: The Case of the National Health Service in England: Sarah E. Curtis (Queen Mary, University of London).

9. The Problem with Welfare: Susan Smith and Donna Easterlow (Both at University of Edinburgh).

10. Struggles over Human Rights in Nigeria: Rex Honey (University of Iowa).

11. Valuing Land and Distributing Territory: Avery Kolers (University of Louisville, Kentucky).

12. When Two Rights Collide: Some Lessons from Jerusalem: Shlomo Hasson (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

13. Land Reform Policy in Post–Apartheid South Africa: The Elusive Quest for Social Justice?: Brij Maharaj (University of Natal).

Part IV: Moral Geographies in Place.

14. Waiting in Line, or the Moral and Material Geographies of Queue–Jumping: Stuart Corbridge (University of Miami).

15. Moral Geographies of Sexual Citizenship: Gill Valentine (University of Sheffield).

16. But Tight Jeans are Better! Moral Improvisation and Ethical Judgement in Local Planning Decision–making: Jean Hillier (University of Newcastle).

Part V: Moral Context and Professional Practice in Geography.

17. Disciplinary Change and Career Paths: Ron Johnston (University of Bristol).

18. From Location Theory to Moral Philosophy: Views from the Fringe: David M. Smith (Queen Mary, University of London).


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Roger Lee
David M. Smith
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