Psychogeography (2018)

Psychogeography (2018)

I am not sure if my autoethnography looking at Covid 19 is psychogeography but I am looking at 3 locations in some details (Coverley, 2018). 

I liked this book because it is readable. The most interesting part is the chapter about Guy Debord and The Situationist International – I have recently read ‘Society of the Spectacle’ (Debord, 2005). Probably the most helpful thing is a definition of psychogeography, “The study of the specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals” (page 120). On that basis my work is psychogeography.

I am not so sure about this idea of the flaneur but perhaps it is outmoded and could be replaced by the research observer i.e., intentional travel from destination to destination.

I will keep this book in mind. 

Coverley, M. (2018) Psychogeography. (2nd ed.) Herpenden, Herts: Oldcastle Books.

Debord, G. (2005) Society of the Spectacle (Translation by Ken Knabb). London: Rebel Press.