Laura Šakaja napisala je članak „The non-visual image of the city: how blind and visually impaired white cane users conceptualize urban space“ koji je objavljen (prethodno online) u časopisu “Social and Cultural Geography” (listopad, 2018).
Using the methodology of in-depth interviews, this article explores how blind and visually impaired white cane users conceptualize urban space. The study presented in the article showed that the city is conceived, even without visual mechanisms, through landmarks, paths, edges, nodes and districts, i.e. the types of elements in the city image defined by Kevin Lynch. However, spatial representations of blind people are produced on the basis of spatial experience that is proximal and not distal, as was the case with Lynch. The article discusses elements of the non-visual image of the city that are constructed through direct touch and white cane use. Drawing on Lefebvre’s stance on the interconnectedness of the body, practice and representational spaces, the author argues that the white cane is not just an aid that facilitates the mobility of blind people and helps to navigate in the urban space. As part of the ‘practico-sensory totality’ of the body, it also influences the ways in which the city is experienced and conceived.
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