1st Istanbul International Geography Congress Proceedings Book
Fear geographies of everyday life in publicAhmet Uysal, Hasan İçen
The city, which is the most important element of modern life style, refers to the intersection of the differences of various groups in a space. It also mentioned in previous studies that most of the patterns developed on the city coherent to these differences. This divided urban structure, which described as spatial segregation, refers to different spatial identities. These identities are originally compositions or representations which space contains. The feelings that the individual feels in these compositions are also the subject of the emotional geography, a little-known branch of geography. Emotional geography studies are generally referred as behavioural geography, but these two fields are different. Researchers argue that the individual builds his/her world with emotions, so emotional geography examines the relationship between space and emotions and tries to understand how the individual’s emotions interact with his/ her environment. Beyond this, one of the emotions mentioned is important, which is fear, in geography studies. It is obvious that fear affects the daily lives of individuals in urban space. At this point, it is the basic argument of the study that individual’s perceptions of risk increases according to certain places and time. The most important question in the study is whether spatial references are effective in the production of fears, which affecting the daily life in urban space.