57 THREE Spaces Socionatural resources occupy geographical space. They take up space, border space and interact with space. But those resources are social, too, in that they must be used and exchanged within a system of social relations. The meaning and significance of any resource alters according to the distributive in/equalities and stratifications of the social system to which it belongs. Which is to say that since all social systems are structural, enduring across time and shaping the lives and opportunities of social agents, resources are structural
67 FIVE Public spaces of Kopčany We left the lodging house and a few children were already awaiting us near the entrance to the building. A girl halted one of the colleagues and screamed at her for something while the other colleague took me down the stairs and introduced me to other children. I ended up with a group of young boys who were playing near a puddle at the verge of a humpy parking place, probably a result of a clogged sewer. We brought skipping ropes for the children and we played with them while I started my first conversations in the
103 SIX Place and space Continuing with the approach in Chapter Five, this chapter begins with ways in which awareness of the meaning and importance of place is shared between the humanities and social work. Moving on to a consideration of that over-familiar term globalisation, this leads on to a more general consideration of how research practices occur in space and place. This book is not where one would think of turning for discovering and applying research methods. But when we consider how social work and research take place from place to place, and in
In this ethnographic study Maria Adams turns a geographical and feminist lens on prisoners’ families.
She captures the testimonies of families as they navigate the sociological and social challenges of the imprisonment of loved ones, exploring key concepts including inequality, penal power and vulnerability. She also measures the impacts on many aspects of families’ emotions, relationships and identities, and considers the sources of support and resilience they draw on.
With original research and fresh insights, the book deepens our understanding of carceral geography and how families experience spaces, both inside prison and beyond the bars.
Making spaces for community development offers an account of the key changes to the context and practice of community development since the 1970s, told through the experiences and insights of a group of highly experienced practitioners. The book, intended for those practising and interested in practising community development today, focuses on dilemmas arising from the shift to partnership working from a more confrontational model, and the professionalisation of the field.
Bringing together a wealth of experience and knowledge from across areas of play and youth work through to the environment, community enterprise, race equality, immigration and housing, the book raises key questions for contemporary debates and current practice.
9 TWO Theorising time and space in social gerontology The themes of time and space occupy a central place within social gerontology (Baars 2015), however, these are generally implicit and often poorly theorised by researchers and writers in the field. Yet the ways in which we understand time, space and the interconnections between them impact on the ways we frame ageing and later life. As conceptions of time and space change so too do our theories of ageing. As a result, it is important to critically assess the time-spaces employed in social gerontology