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Increasingly since the early s geographers have given attention to the conceptual and practical relationships between ethics and their discipline. They have, for example, taken up careful examination of the moral significance of concepts such as place, location, proximity, and distance, grappling with difficult questions such as: Does distance diminish responsibility?
Should we interfere with the lives of those we do not know? Are universal rights consistent with respect for difference? Conceptual work has also included examination of the moral relations between human and natural worlds looking, for example, at environmental caretaking for future generations. Among the more applied ethical issues that geographers have embraced are appropriate professional conduct, ethical relationships with subjects, ethics in geographical education, and the moral significance of new spatial technologies.
This article maps out major resources for much of this conceptual and practical work and builds Geogrpahy coursework on the work of scholars in the field as well as more directly upon the helpful and thoughtful comments of Clive Barnett Open UniversityMark Israel University of Western Australiaand Jeff Popke East Carolina UniversityGeogrpahy coursework well as two anonymous referees.
General Overviews Any scholar of geography and ethics should probably have read three key volumes. The book also raised questions about ethical issues in that work by geographers and environmental scientists involving animals e.
The second quite different volume is Sackwhich is the impressive Homo Geographicus: Sack explores the empirical and moral implications of our geographical nature, making the case that geography is at the foundation of moral judgment.
The third is Smith Moral Geographies: Ethics in a World of Difference. Underpinning this book is the proposition that geographical context is essential to the understanding of moral practice and ethical theory.
Is there a distinction between private and public space? Which values and morals are absolute, and which are cultural, communal, or personal? And are universal rights consistent with respect for difference?
From these foundations one can turn usefully to increasingly frequent reviews of geography and ethics prepared since the s for Progress in Human Geography by scholars such as Barnett and Smith These offer very helpful coverage of key issues, and emerging themes and provide useful insights to the ways in which the field has evolved in the past two decades.
Of these, Smith offers an especially useful appraisal. There are, of course, review essays in other journals e. Placing Life in the Space of Reasons. Mitchell, Bruce, and Dianne Draper. Relevance and Ethics in Geography. The ambitions of the book were to increase the consciousness of geographers about ethical issues and to provide useful guidance on the ethical conduct of research.
The authors advocate individual responsibility rather than development of regulatory codes, a strategy others have gone on to endorse.
Ethics and Social Geography. Giving Moral Form to the Geographical Imagination. The paper concludes with some thoughts on directions for work, these being structured around two thematic queries: What is the place of ethics in geography? And what is the place of geography in ethics? Johns Hopkins University Press, Important realist account by a leading theoretician that, among its other considerations, gives emphasis to the deep-seated significance of place in understandings of morality.
Edinburgh University Press, Examines the moral significance of geographical concepts such as place, location, proximity and distance, grappling with difficult questions such as: Progress, or More of the Same?Departmental approval.
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