Jacek Kotus

Articles

The concept of agency in contemporary geographic reflection. Is it a step towards the narrative of agency of place?

Jacek Kotus

Geographia Polonica (2022) vol. 95, iss. 2, pp. 121-137 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0229

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The study addresses two current issues in social geography: the modern reflection on the topic of agency and the possibility of introducing the notion of place agency. When discussing human-environment relations, geographers more often use the terms more-than-human or non-human beings and focus on the animal andplant worlds. However, the symmetrical or mutual relationship between humans and the natural environmentcan be linked to a question arises about the wider scope of the notion of place agency and understanding the phenomenon of place as an entity acting on its own rights.

Keywords: place, agency, sense of place, conversation with place

Jacek Kotus [jacek.tusko@gmail.com], Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University Dzięgielowa 27, 61-680 Poznań, Poland

Social Production of Urban Space (A Case Study of ‘Bad’ Areas in Poznań)

Michał Dolata, Jacek Kotus

Geographia Polonica (2006) vol. 79, iss. 2, pp. 5-22 | Full text

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This article reflects upon the role of residents and social groups in assigning meaningto urban space. The research on which it is based was intended to: a) support a thesis about theimportance of the social use of urban space in the shaping of urban structures, b) augment ourknowledge as to the assignment of meaning to city areas and support the paradigm accounting forurban phenomena in terms of the everyday life of city dwellers, and c) identify the processes ofurban marking in Polish metropolitan conditions by reference to criminal behaviour and its perceptionin Poznań. The research reported allows a more general conclusion to be drawn in thatthe stigmatization of urban areas only affects small areas and is fairly rare, while stereotypizationof varying intensity is characteristic of much wider areas and is a more frequent mechanism underpinningsocial perceptions of places in a city.

Keywords: Social production (marking) of urban space, stigmatization, stereotypization, Poznań city.

Michał Dolata, Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University Dzięgielowa 27, 61-680 Poznań, Poland
Jacek Kotus [jacek.tusko@gmail.com], Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University Dzięgielowa 27, 61-680 Poznań, Poland

Development patterns of Polish towns in the years 1950-1990

Jerzy J. Parysek, Jacek Kotus

Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 66, pp. 87-110 | Full text

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The article presents the results of studies of the development of Polish towns by size categories. They allowed a synthetic evaluation of the process of urbanisation based on a multivariate analysis of the growth dynamics of 60 largest towns and an analysis of the development trajectories of the particular size groups of towns.

Keywords: Postwar urbanisation in Poland, dynamics of town development, factors of urbanisation in Poland, negative outcomes of intensified urbanisation

Jerzy J. Parysek [parys@amu.edu.pl], Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Space Economy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Fredry 10, 61-701 Poznań, Poland
Jacek Kotus [jacek.tusko@gmail.com], Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University Dzięgielowa 27, 61-680 Poznań, Poland