Drawing upon two public opinion surveys conducted in Geneva in 2015 and 2016, the paper explores how video surveillance was lived and perceived by the residents of the monitored Pâquis area, as well as by the population at large. This study shows the system gradually loses its relevance in people's everyday life, which, in turn, limits the cameras' symbolic power to enduringly revitalize, and thus to properly re-territorialize, the monitored areas.
Based on a reading of the book „Was Räume mit uns machen – und wir mit ihnen. Kritische Phänomenologie des Raumes“ by J. Hasse (2014), the article discusses the noteworthy role of phenomenology within German-speaking human geography. The phenomenological work by Hasse and his close referring to the philosophy of H. Schmitz will be discussed in the context of the sociology of knowledge and the history of the discipline.
Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a German city, this paper addresses practices of governing Muslims and Islam within local politics. It analyses how the political technology of dialogue aims at the integration and formation of Muslim communities and is increasingly deploying the idea of interfaith relations. The paper discusses this approach as a governing through friendship: A practice of involvement that operates through trust-building and the fostering of personal acquaintances and ties.
In 2005 the beatification process of stigmatist Therese Neumann (1898–1962) and the development of her home town as a tourist destination started. The valorisation of a catholic cult as cultural heritage, the negotiation of new forms of EU-European governing by community, and the insistence of locals that the popular saint intervenes in the placemaking by supernatural means show postsecular placemaking as a conflicting process in which devotion is used as a resource as well as an impediment.
This paper deals with climate change adaptation policy in South Korea. It shows that the implementation of the idea "adapting to climate change" has been highly influenced by the political structure and perception of how to deal with a problem that is highly uncertain. The implications of the research are that the implementation of a political agenda across different political systems requires
not only exchange of information but also guidance for institutional adjustments.
This article is written from the perspective of phenomenology. Its potential gain for a critical human geography is discussed in contrast to constructivism. The example of atmospheres will illustrate another theoretical conception of space. Atmospheres we feel like a cloud in our sense perception in situations of awareness. Finally there is a close link to the work of Michel Foucault as well as the Critical Theory (Frankfurter Schule).
In many rural parts of Germany, secularization overlaps with outmigration and population decline. As a result, Christian churches face significant financial pressure in the rural areas near big cities due to plummeting numbers of parish members. Using a case study in the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, we argue that cooperation between different groups of belief helps local communities mitigating worsening socioeconomic circumstances and the withdrawal of finances and church staff.