This article serves as introduction for a themed issue on Peter Sloterdijk's enormous philosophy of space. The paper gives some orientation on the anthropological and social philosophy Sloterdijk deploys within his oeuvre, and illuminates the various fields of social and cultural research his ideas have informed so far. The article also discusses the necessity of a critical distance to the philosophical premises on which Sloterdijk grounds his philosophy.
With his magnum opus on Spheres, Peter Sloterdijk introduces a critical philosophical and cultural view on the spatiality of current society. In this contribution we elaborate on the spatial metaphor Sloterdijk uses but also scrutinise Sloterdijk's ideas by drawing some parallels between his ideas and those of other philosophical anthropological thinkers. Finally, we very briefly point to a suitable conceptual framework for investigating the spherology of a human being in the world.
For a long time, the mainstream of social and cultural geography seems to have implicitly accepted that religion is becoming obsolete. However, since the 1990s, religion has aroused new interest in the social sciences in general, and to some extent also in social and cultural geography. The paper introduces the interdisciplinary debate on theories of secularisation and the promotion of post-secular perspectives and shows the potential of this debate for social and cultural geography.
This editorial provides a theoretical and contextual framework for the themed issue Raum. Gesetze. Daten.. The article calls for a broader historiographic analysis of the quantitative-theoretical turn in German-speaking geography. We propose a research agenda that aims at writing a history of science beyond monumental history and classical intellectual history, that focuses on the messiness of history and takes the historicity of systems of thought into account. The endeavour is part of a growing
The paper outlines an approach to right wing populism in recent years not only in critizing the use of so called alternative facts but using the concept of a regressive modernisation as a debate which includes populist movements into a broader diagnosis of western societies. These findings are used in order to explain transformations of social geography. It is argued that the success of postmodern geographies is unable to counteract geographies of recent right wing populism.
In Germany each year, thousands of children are born extremely prematurely. Despite being sites of enormous human suffering und huge financial costs, the places of treatment of these babies are almost non-existent in societal discourse. In order to understand these places which seem isolated from the rest of society, but are tightly connected to it, a ,dense description‘ of a single ,NICU‘ will be given – based on a stay by the author, drawing on the practice theoretical approach of Schatzki.
This paper is about residents’ perceptions, evaluations, and preferences regarding forests, 3022 residents completed the Swiss Socio-cultural Forest Monitoring (WaMos). Respondents were well informed about forest issues. Forest functions such as wood production, air quality, and biodiversity were rated as more important than recreation. Mixed forests and multi-sensory experiences were preferred; wilderness was only moderately approved of.
I will develop a specific definition of territory, which seeks to become operative in collaboration with diverse subjects and in the analysis of territorial development based on the place. I show how this fairer society emerges in a multidimensional way, emanating from the processes of territorialization, deterritorialization, and reterritorialization. Finally, I link these processes with the current processes of territorial development in research, analysis, and active participation.