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dc.contributor.authorSymonds, Paul
dc.contributor.authorBrown, David
dc.contributor.authorLo Iacono, Valeria
dc.contributor.othercmet = Paul Symonds, David Brown, Valeria Lo Iacono
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-06T11:34:31Z
dc.date.available2017-03-06T11:34:31Z
dc.date.issued2017-02-28
dc.identifier.citationSymonds, Paul, Brown, David H.K. and Lo Iacono, Valeria (2017) 'Exploring an absent presence: Wayfinding as an embodied sociocultural experience', Sociological Research Online, 22 (1), 5en_US
dc.identifier.issn1360-7804
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/8378
dc.descriptionThis article was published in Sociological Research Online on 28 February 2017 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.5153/sro.4185en_US
dc.description.abstractWayfinding has often been seen as being about the quickest or shortest possible route between two points (Hölscher et al 2011; Tam 2011; Haque et al 2006). Moreover, this process has very often been seen as a cognitive one, with the experiential nature of wayfinding and with the embodied, emotional and sociocultural aspects of this experience conspicuously absent. We argue that wayfinding is rarely a purely cognitive process that involves an individual person, who is entirely instrumental in navigating a direct and precise route, but instead that this is a process almost always directed according to embodied and sociocultural needs. We propose a reassessment of present wayfinding definitions and suggest an alternative understanding that includes sociocultural elements, embodied individuals and experience through their embodied senses, as crucial elements of the concept. Seeing wayfinding from this different sociocultural ontological viewpoint, opens up new ways of understanding and planning wayfinding systems.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversities of Surrey and Stirling, Sage Publications Ltd. and the British Sociological Associationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSociological Research Online;
dc.subjectWayfindingen_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectEmbodimenten_US
dc.subjectAbsent Bodyen_US
dc.subjectSociocultural Studiesen_US
dc.titleExploring an absent presence: Wayfinding as an embodied sociocultural experienceen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.5153/sro.4185
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-12-28
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-03-06
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2018-02-28
rioxxterms.funder.project37baf166-7129-4cd4-b6a1-507454d1372een_US


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