Paul Cloke

Paul Cloke
University of Exeter | UoE · Department of Geography

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January 2005 - present
University of Exeter
Position
  • Professor of Human Geography
October 1992 - September 2005
University of Bristol
Position
  • Professor
October 1977 - September 1992
University of Wales, Lampeter
Position
  • Lecturer, Reader, Professor

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Publications (241)
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This paper builds on a nascent literature on rural austerity to explore the variegated geographies of austerity and food banking in rural areas of England and Wales. The paper makes three key contributions. First, drawing on a range of existing and newly updated datasets on local authority spending power and service spending, changes to welfare ben...
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This paper contributes to critical discussions of austerity by examining the constructions of scarcity that underpin it. Specifically, it shows how notions of scarcity (re)emergent in a period of austerity have shaped materially insufficient and stigmatising welfare systems. We do this through the example of UK food banks. We suggest that under aus...
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The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, resulted in significant loss of life and injury and in the devastation of much of the center and east of the city. They also shook the foundations, structures, and assumed relations that had previously made the city legible, and in their aftermath the city was marked not only by a mournful...
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This paper seeks to extend geographic thinking on the changing constitution of the UK welfare state, suggesting the need to supplement ideas of the “shadow state” with an analysis of the blurring of the bureaucratic practices through which welfare is now delivered by public, private and third sector providers alike. Focusing on the growing converge...
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We investigated the effects of recreational exposure to the natural environment on mood and psychophysiological responses to stress. We hypothesized that walking in nature has restorative effects over and above the effects of exposure to nature scenes (viewing nature on TV) or physical exercise alone (walking on a treadmill in a gym) and that these...
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With growing diversity of religion and belief in every sector comes the potential for new dialogues across previously impermeable policy and disciplinary silos. This volume critically challenges policy makers to re-imagine religion and belief as an integral part of public life that contains resources, practices, forms of knowledge and experience.
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With reference to the post‐disaster urban landscape of Christchurch, New Zealand, this paper examines the emergence of particular forms of nongovernmental organisation after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, and the kinds of transitional activities in which they have been engaged. Two sets of conceptual apparatus are deployed. First, we suggest that t...
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Reflecting on ‘Consuming ethics: articulating the subjects and spaces of ethical consumption’ (2005).
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This paper reports on inter-disciplinary research designed to investigate the stress-buffering effects of green exercise, and the importance of the context in which exercise takes place. This investigation of context effects examines both individual physiological responses (salivary cortisol) and the phenomenological interpretation of lived experie...
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This study provides a commentary of the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as a theoretical (as well as empirical) event. Drawing on the ideas of Alain Badiou, it represents the earthquakes and their aftershocks as a rupturing of the established order of things; a distinctive space in which fidelity to the event has the potential to unleash...
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Background Lifestyle factors (e.g. regular exercise) have been shown to impact the health and lifespan of individuals by affecting telomere length. There is also increasing evidence for the health benefits of nature experience, although previous studies often confound the effects of exercise and nature experience. It remains unclear, therefore, whe...
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This paper offers a critical reappraisal of the politics of food banking in the UK. Existing work has raised concerns about the institutionalisation of food banks, with charitable assistance apparently - even if inadvertently – undermining collectivist welfare and deflecting attention from fundamental injustices in the food system. This paper prese...
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Geographies of food banks have focused predominantly on issues of neoliberal political-economy and food insecurity. In this paper, we trace alternative understandings of food banking – as spaces of care, and as liminal spaces of encounter capable of incubating political and ethical values, practices and subjectivities that challenge neoliberal aust...
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Recent research in human geography offers some significant and fresh expressions of partnership between faith-motivated actors and others in the emerging landscapes of third sector activity. These often arise from shrinkage of the formal state and engagement with, or resistance to, different welfare regimes. I discuss three avenues for discerning k...
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This paper examines and critically interprets the interrelations between religion and the Occupy movements of 2011. It presents three main arguments. First, through an examination of the Occupy Movement in the UK and USA—and in particular of the two most prominent Occupy camps (Wall Street and London Stock Exchange)—the paper traces the emergence o...
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In the UK the current Coalition government has introduced an unprecedented set of reforms to welfare, public services, and local governance under the rubric of ‘localism’. Conventional analytics of neoliberalism have commonly portrayed the impacts of these changes in the architectures of governance in blanket terms: as an utterly regressive dilutio...
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Hegemonic accounts of urban homelessness, focusing on attempts to restrict homeless people's presence in public space, stress the punitive nature of current homelessness policy. In contrast, in this paper we explore the “messy middle ground” of the UK homeless services system. Examining Stacey Murphy's (2009) (Antipode 41(2):305–325) arguments rega...
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Authors' response to reviews of Globalising Responsibility: The Political Rationalities of Ethical Consumption (Wiley-Blackwell).
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Landscape is about feeling, emotional investment, and rhythms of involvement; it is both a site of cultural meaning and a sensorium of experience. This chapter briefly discusses how rural landscapes have been differently understood in terms of history, cultural politics, performance, and assemblage. In using these categories, the author merely seek...
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This paper explores the emergence of urban spaces of partnership between people of faith and those of no religious faith who come together to offer care, welfare and justice to socially excluded people. The activities of such groups are understood in terms of adjustments to the secularization thesis pointing to the possibilities of a series of emer...
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Four authors, including the current and founding editors, have collaborated to write this editorial that marks the 40th anniversary of Annals of Tourism Research. It has three objectives. The first is to look back and encourage reflection on the last 40 years of its development. This is done by recounting the twists and turns of the history and tra...
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The chapter addresses the changing landscape of Christian faith motivation, referring to the UK. Two questions are posed relating to the increase in faith groups becoming involved in issues of justice, welfare and care, and the factors responsible. The second question incorporates Christian faith motivation and involvement in action for social just...
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Introduction: organisations, volunteers and ethics One of the key questions underlying the work of faith-based organisations (FBOs) is about the precise role of ‘faith’ in the working and achievement of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In other words, what is the significance of the ‘f ‘ in FBOs? In this chapter, we introduce some research in...
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Introduction This book on faith-based organisations (FBOs) and exclusion in European cities has a long history. The core idea came about in 2000 when one of us (Justin Beaumont) first came across and was immediately gripped by Norman Lewis’ The honoured society (Lewis, 1984). The British travel writer's non-sensationalist yet sensitive and acutely...
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Introduction The principal focus of this book is to chart the significance of faith-based organisations (FBOs) and individuals in tackling various forms of social injustice and exclusion in the city. Underlying this trend is a double-edged question stemming from the changing context of interconnectivity between politics and religion. First, how do...
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We would like to conclude with a summary of the central themes of state/society/religion relations addressed by the contributions in this volume. We allude to the faith-based organisation (FBO) phenomenon as a notion or idea that has evoked a series of dilemmas but that also signifies a fascinating and still relatively under-explored area of resear...
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Introduction Postsecularism presents an opportunity – for a space in which religious and secular worldviews can co-exist and enter into dialogue (Gorski and Altinordu, 2008), a ‘rapprochement of ethical praxis’ (Cloke, 2011, p 381). In this chapter, we engage with postsecularism through the spatial lens of the city because we consider that a postse...
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The increasing prominence of faith-based organisations (FBOs) in providing welfare in the UK has typically been regarded as a by-product of neoliberalism, as the gaps left by shrinking public service provision and the contracting out of service delivery have been filled by these and other Third Sector organisations. In this way, FBOs have been repr...
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At a time of heightened neoliberal globalisation and crisis, welfare state retrenchment and desecularisation of society, amid uniquely European controversies over immigration, integration and religious-based radicalism, this timely book explores the role played by faith-based organisations (FBOs), which are growing in importance in the provision of...
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This paper suggests that the vocabulary and meaningfulness of ‘evil’ can be re-articulated, and to some extent redeemed from the extremes of fundamentalism and relativism. It uses intellectual resources from Nigel Wright, Walter Wink and Rene Girard to reconstruct some foundations for a reworking of evil in human geography. It then presents an acco...
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Questioning the Normative “We”Social Geographical TurnsMapping A Companion to Social GeographyReferences
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The Moralization of ConsumptionJustice, Responsibility and the Politics of ConsumptionRelocating Agency in Ethical ConsumptionProblematizing Consumption
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Consumer Choice and Citizenly ActsArticulating Consumption and the ConsumerMobilizing the Ethical ConsumerArticulating the Ethical ConsumerConclusion
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Locating the Fair Trade ConsumerRe-evaluating Fair Trade ConsumptionManaging Fair Trade, Mobilizing NetworksDoing Fair Trade: Buying, Giving, CampaigningConclusion
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The Antinomies of Consumer ChoiceTheorizing Consumption PracticesProblematizing ChoiceArticulating Background Conclusion
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Justifying PracticesResearching the (Ir)responsible ConsumerVersions of ResponsibilityDilemmas of ResponsibilityConclusion
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Rethinking the Spatialities of Fair TradeRe-imagining Bristol: From Slave Trade to Fair TradePutting Fair Trade in PlaceFair Trade and ‘The Politics of Place Beyond Place’Conclusion
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Globalizing Responsibility: The Political Rationalities of Ethical Consumption presents an innovative reinterpretation of the forces that have shaped the remarkable growth of ethical consumption. *Develops a theoretically informed new approach to shape our understanding of the pragmatic nature of ethical action in consumption processes. *Provides e...
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This chapter traces significant interconnections between faith-motivated activists and the widening participation in fair-trade activities in and around the city of Bristol in the UK. Despite the attempts of institutionalised religion to demonstrate the contrary (see, for example, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas, 1...
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This chapter traces significant interconnections between faith-motivated activists and the widening participation in fair trade activities in and around the city of Bristol in the UK.
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Globalizing Responsibility: The Political Rationalities of Ethical Consumption presents an innovative reinterpretation of the forces that have shaped the remarkable growth of ethical consumption. Develops a theoretically informed new approach to shape our understanding of the pragmatic nature of ethical action in consumption processes. Provides emp...
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Utilizing innovative ethnographic research, Swept Up Lives? challenges conventional accounts of urban homelessness to trace the complex and varied attempts to care for homeless people. Presents innovative ethnographic research which suggests an important shift in perspective in the analysis and understanding of urban homelessness. Emphasizes the et...
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IntroductionStrategies and Tactics in the Homeless CityThe Performative and Affective Geographies of HomelessnessPlaces to SleepPlaces to EatPlaces to EarnPlaces to ‘Hang Out’Conclusions: Remapping the Homeless City
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Urban Revanchism, Neoliberal Governance and the Voluntary AttitudeThe Role of Emergency Services for Homeless PeopleEthical Citizenship and the Postsecular City
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IntroductionHomelessness and RevanchismQuestioning the Revanchist OrthodoxyThe Homeless Places ProjectThe Structure of the Book
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IntroductionSustaining Street Lifestyles?Extraordinary Acts of KindnessA Performative Ethics of CareOpenness and Difference, Inclusion and ExclusionThe Politics of VisibilitySurvival at the MarginsConclusions
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IntroductionRephasing Neoliberalism: From Governance to ‘Governmentality’Neoliberalism and Britain's Crisis of Street HomelessnessRevanchist Neoliberalisms?An Emerging Context of PostsecularismBeyond SecularismPostsecular Caritas and Serving Homeless PeopleConclusions
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IntroductionRural HomelessnessGoverning HomelessnessConclusions
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Introduction: Uneven Landscapes of ProvisionDifferent Histories of ProvisionAccounting for Different Service DevelopmentsDifferent Service UsersDifferent Experiences of Consuming ServicesDifferent Homeless ScenesConclusions
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IntroductionContainment or Care? The Changing Contours of the US Shelter SystemFrom Less Eligibility to ‘High Support’: A Brief History of Hostel Accommodation in BritainBritain's Night Shelters and the Limits to CompassionThe Failure of ‘Housing Plus’The Myth of High SupportAutonomy, Professionalism … and KindnessConclusions
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IntroductionBritain's Day Centres: History, Development and EthosCentre and Margin: Locating Day Centres in the Wider Service LandscapeSpaces of Resource and RefugeSpaces of Refuge or Fear?Boundary Maintenance and the Continuity of CareConclusions
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The ethics of everyday consumption has become a key concern for social and environmental justice campaigning by NGOs in the United Kingdom. Schools are a prominent site for such campaigns, where, alongside other `controversial issues' and initiatives such as citizenship education, the problematisation of consumption practices has developed its own...
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This paper discusses the ways in which the commodification of adventure in tourism has increasingly become implicated in the production and consumption of tourist places. It examines the notion of adventure in tourism and the changing nature of commodification in postmodern and 'post-tourist' times. The rise of adventure tourism in New Zealand is u...
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This paper sets out to define what is meant by a spiritual landscape. As such it theorizes the immaterial push of spirit alongside the materiality of landscape by rendering spiritual landscapes as the associate mapping of the relations between bodily existence, felt practice and faith in something immanent but not manifest as such. To achieve this,...
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This paper assesses the degree to which conceptualizations of neo-liberal governance and advanced liberal governmentality can throw light on contemporary transformations in the practices and politics of consumption. It detours through theories of governmentality, stories about consumption and shopping, and different variations on what we can learn...
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This paper assesses the degree to which conceptualizations of neo-liberal governance and advanced liberal governmentality can throw light on contemporary transformations in the practices and politics of consumption. It detours through theories of governmentality, stories about consumption and shopping, and different variations on what we can learn...
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Initial assessments of the potential for organic food systems have offered an optimistic interpretation of the progressive political and ethical characteristics involved. This positive gloss has prompted a stream of critique emphasising the need to explore the ambiguities and disconnections inherent therein. In this paper, we consider the case of R...
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In this paper we discuss some of the 'strange maps' of city life performed by homeless people. Current models of urban homelessness emphasise both the strategies by which spaces of homelessness are disciplined and contained, and the tactics deployed by homeless people to negotiate this containment. Whilst recognising the value of such work, we argu...
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The decision of the 1984 Labour Government in New Zealand to extend deregulation to the agricultural sector is important per se and also as a possible pointer towards the evolution and impacts of deregulation in other parts of the developed world. This paper describes New Zealand's deregulation policies and seeks to analyse both the political econo...
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The principal thrust of this paper is that in the light of continuing social deprivation in rural areas of England and Wales assessments of the statutory planning system have generally tended to understate the limitations inherent in the public policy process. We outline the narrow scope bestowed upon planners given their role as state officials, a...
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This paper revisits the issue of deregulation in New Zealand, and suggests that a previous account by the author in 1989 was overly influenced by the ethnocentricities of a British perspective which viewed New Zealand as a 'laboratory' for what might happen following agricultural deregulation in Europe. A revised account based on interviews conduct...
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Despite its growing popularity as a method across the social sciences, the methodological literature on auto-photography is remarkably sparse. In an effort to begin redressing this gap, this paper provides an account of the ways in which auto-photography was used to complement other research methods in a (re)examination of the geographies of homele...
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The interconnections between trees and memorialisation are explored at three particular sites in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Memorial trees have been used as a seemingly blank canvas, to be coloured by the paintbox of memory. The ability of such trees to carry significant memories of past events into the present involves myriad slippages...
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Situated in relation to critical feminist concerns about sport and cinema, this article presents a survey of depictions of female athleticism in contemporary film. With particular focus on the potentially “troubling” figure of the female athlete within the hetero-normative context of cinematic representation, it explores the ways in which gendered...
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This article situates the analysis of fair-trade consumption in the context of debates about civic activism and political participation. It argues that fair-trade consumption should be understood as a political phenomenon, which, through the mediating action of organizations and campaigns, makes claims on states, corporations, and institutions. Thi...
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This paper draws on wider research into the uneven spatialities of emergency services for homeless people in England, and focuses on the role of volunteers in staffing these spaces of care. In the first part of the paper, we explore the contemporary context of voluntarism, locating opportunities for volunteers in the shifting nature and character o...