Thinking Geographically. Peter Jackson Geographical Association Conference, April 2006. Thinking geographically. Geography is not just a gazetteer of place names and capital cities
Geographical Association Conference, April 2006
Buying a goat as just another commodity:
“Never mind the iPod, the surprise hit of the Christmas shopping season was the goat” (The Times 21 February 2006)
Other ‘bestsellers’ (Christian Aid): a fishing net for Mali £35, a water tap in Bolivia £24, two months’ salary for a teacher in India £30, two sheep in Senegal £80, a mosquito net for an Angolan family £11.
cf. immediate response to the Asian tsunami versus slower response to Rwandan genocide or Sudanese famine
The World Land Trust (patron: Sir David Attenborough):
“charities like Oxfam and Christian Aid have forgotten that goats eat everything. Camels, which Oxfam offers for £95, are even more destructive.”
John Burton (chief exec, World Land Trust):
“They haven’t thought this scheme through properly ... They don’t understand the connection between habitat degradation and poverty.”
“The goat campaign may be a pleasing gift and a short-term fix for milk and meat, but in the long term the quality of life for these people will slowly be reduced with devastating effect.”
Doreen Massey (Geografiska Annaler, 2005):
“If the identities of places are … the product of relations which spread way beyond them (if we think space/place in terms of flows and (dis)connectivities rather than in terms only of territories), then what should be the political relationship to those wider geographies of connection?” (Massey, 2004: 11).
“A real recognition of the relationality of space points to a politics of connectivity…” (ibid: 17).