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On geography and encounter

Wilson, Helen F.



The notion of encounter has been used widely within work on urban diversity and socio-cultural difference, yet it remains under-theorized. This paper argues that ‘encounter’ is a conceptually charged construct that is worthy of sustained and critical attention. Drawing on a wide range of geographical interests, including animal geographies, urban diversity, postcolonialism, mobile geographies, and the more-than-human, it offers the first examination of how ‘encounter’ has been deployed across the discipline. By further tracing the historical links between geography and encounter, the paper contends that encounters are distinct genres of contact, and demonstrates why this matters for geographical thought, and how we think about bodies, borders, and difference.


Wilson, H. F. (2017). On geography and encounter. Progress in Human Geography, 41(4), 451-471.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2016
Online Publication Date May 13, 2016
Publication Date 2017-08
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2017
Journal Progress in Human Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1325
Electronic ISSN 1477-0288
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 4
Pages 451-471

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