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From Somewhere To Nowhere And Back Again: Emplaced Abstraction In Science Communication, James T. Spartz Jan 2018

From Somewhere To Nowhere And Back Again: Emplaced Abstraction In Science Communication, James T. Spartz

Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication

Science and environmental communication often relies on place-based narrative elements to explore relationships between particularity and abstraction. By combining Hayakawa’s abstraction ladder with Sack's relational geographic framework, a useful tool emerges for identifying narrative dimensions for creating compelling place-based nonfiction. This tool may be particularly useful in science communication teaching and learning. Hayakawa’s ladder of abstraction extends from particularity low on the ladder to higher-order abstractions up top. Sack's relational geographic framework explores the role of place in creating knowledge, stretching from a focal point of emplaced ontological forces – materiality, meaning, and social relations – through increasingly ...