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dc.contributor.author Dixon, Deborah P.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-15T15:44:38Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-15T15:44:38Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Dixon , D P 2007 , ' A benevolent and sceptical inquiry: exploring 'Fortean Geographies' with the Mothman ' Cultural Geographies , vol 14 , no. 2 , pp. 189-210 . , 10.1177/1474474007075354 en
dc.identifier.issn 1474-4740
dc.identifier.other PURE: 95883
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1650
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1650
dc.description Dixon, Deborah, (2007) 'A benevolent and sceptical inquiry: exploring 'Fortean Geographies' with the Mothman', Cultural Geographies 14(2) pp.189-210 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract In this article I delineate the character of a determinedly non-academic, yet avowedly critical body of literature, namely Forteanism. I begin by outlining the goals and objectives of Forteanism as it strives to establish a `critical space' for itself through its relationship with mainstream science and popular accounts of the paranormal. Forteanism treats both as economies of belief, focusing attention on the practices by which reports of the anomalous, the aberrant and the strange are expelled from — or `damned' by — those bodies of knowledge that require order, certainty and truth. Trenchantly sceptical of all forms of systematized knowledge, Forteanism is, nevertheless, taken with the disruptive potential of what are termed `extra-geographies,' whereby the rigid spatial categorizations of cartographers and planners provoke, and are on occasion overturned by, flights of imagination and fancy. In the second half of the article I undertake a biography of one of Forteana's key figures, the Mothman, noting how this anomalous figure has been constructed through eyewitness accounts, media reports, a research text and, finally, a Hollywood film. In doing so, I hope to draw out the extra-geographies that are conjured up by a Fortean project per se, but also to bring forth a partial geography of Forteanism itself, indicating how, and in what form, it has arisen as a critique of systematic forms of knowledge. I conclude with some comments on the resonances between a benevolent and sceptical Forteanism and those analyses within human geography that find fertile ground in the interplay between the `there and the not-there.' en
dc.format.extent 22 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Cultural Geographies en
dc.title A benevolent and sceptical inquiry: exploring 'Fortean Geographies' with the Mothman en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474474007075354
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Cultural and Historical Geography en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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