Academic journal article Geography

Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home

Academic journal article Geography

Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home

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Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home Peter Hughes Jachimiak Farnham: Ashgate, 2014 230pp, 16x24cm, Hb: £60.00, ISBN 978-1-4094-4812-9

As geographic enquiry into emotions and memory becomes increasingly theorised it is refreshing to gain a personal and emotive account of experience and remembering. Peter Jachimiak's auto-ethnographic account of a Welsh home and neighbourhood from the multi-scalar and distinct perspective of his childhood in the 1970s does just that. Part academic literature, part children's popular culture of the time, and interwoven with anecdotal reflections, Jachimiak has skilfully created a logical and well-written, rich investigative tapestry of space and memory.

This book excels at providing a child-sized perspective of adult spaces: the example of the bus shelter and the sensory experience gained from being closer to the ground is particularly indicative (p. 133). Movement is also well addressed, a reminder of the manner in which children encounter staircases as exciting playgrounds or self-imposed challenges will be resonant with all (p. …

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