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(Un)popular culture and citizenship - mapping illicit drug-using in Trainspotting

Hemingway, Judy (2006) (Un)popular culture and citizenship - mapping illicit drug-using in Trainspotting. Geography, 91 (2). pp. 141-149. ISSN 0016-7487. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: This article explores how the cultural politics of illicit drug-using are embedded in the citizenship idea. Methodologically, it draws on textual analysis and it is underpinned by contemporary reconceptualisations of space. It argues that since many young people in Britain are identified with illicit drug-using, geography educators should move beyond the traditional core of disciplinary concerns to engage with the lifeworlds of the young. The paper elucidates three axes along which those involved in illicit drug-using are displaced by the imagined geographies of the nation. Citizenship is narrated through the filters of vernacular geographies, geographies of illness, and the nationalizing geographies of the countryside. It is suggested that if citizenship is to be reimagined in ways that are more inclusive, geography education might develop pedagogic practices which make use of popular cultural productions as a basis for critical thinking. The paper was written by invitation of the journal editor and subsequently received the inaugural Geographical Association 'Award for Excellence in Leading Geography' in 2007. This document has been closed because the permission of the publisher has not been verified.
Controlled Keywords: Citizenship , Secondary school
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 10:26
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:17
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