Magazine article Geographical

Shared Spaces

Magazine article Geographical

Shared Spaces

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At its core, geography is a study of connections. Connections built between people and nature. Connections at corporate or political levels. Connections to one's home. We encounter stories every day of people for whom the notion of 'home' has so thoroughly dissipated through conflict and violence that there is no choice left but to abandon ties and seek solace elsewhere.

Yet there are those for whom no amount of risk can ever be enough to sever the emotional bonds of belonging to a place. Witness the so-called 'resettlers' returning to the heavily contaminated environs of Chernobyl (see page 48). For these people, no amount of danger to health and wellbeing can outweigh the connective tissue built over a lifetime in one place. By studying what makes these links so strong when they are threatened by large-scale events, geographers can make great inroads into understanding the human condition, something that can pay dividends when dealing with threats to home coming from more subtle, insidious quarters. …

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