Phobic Geographies: The Phenomenology and Spatiality of Identity

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-08-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Despite recent estimates that there are currently 10 million people in the UK suffering from phobias, there is a substantial and conspicuous gap in existing academic literature and research on this topic. This book addresses this gap in relation to geography literature, but also extending beyond this field to connect with a wide range of academics, health professionals and phobic 'others' whose ideas are (re)formed by fear.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction: Notes on Stories, Selves and Spaces 1(7)
1 What in the World is Agoraphobia? 8(26)
2 'Joking Apart...': The Negotiation of Group Boundaries Through Humour 34(20)
3 Fear and Trembling in the Mall: Kierkegaard and Consumer/Consuming Spaces 54(15)
4 'Putting on a Face': Sartre, Goffman and Agoraphobic Anxiety in Social Space 69(19)
5 A Phenomenology of Fear: Merleau-Ponty and Agoraphobic Life-Worlds 88(18)
6 Pregnant Pauses: Agoraphobic Embodiment and the Limits of (Im)pregnability 106(15)
7 'All in the Mind...?': Analysing the Subject of 'Self-Help' 121(19)
Conclusion: Re/solution of Spatial Identities 140(5)
Bibliography 145(11)
Index 156

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