Entanglements of Power: Geographies of Domination / Resistance

Entanglements of Power: Geographies of Domination / Resistance

Entanglements of Power: Geographies of Domination / Resistance

Entanglements of Power: Geographies of Domination / Resistance

Synopsis

Entanglements of Power presents new research from leading academics in the field to explore themes of identity, embodiment, organization, colonialism and political transformation. Each of the fields are examined from historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as some of the more abstract. This is an exciting and challenging account of the contextualizing relationship between domination and resistance within the parameters of geography.

Excerpt

This book is based upon the Geographies of Domination/Resistance mini-conference that was held at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, 19-21 September 1996, sponsored by the Department of Geography and Topographic Science. The idea for the conference emerged out of a series of discussions that Paul and Joanne had been having over the previous year concerning their respective research interests. In his work on, and participation with, various resistance movements, Paul had become increasingly interested in the various authoritarian practices that were articulated within supposedly liberatory projects. Meanwhile, in her research on gender and nationalism, Joanne had become increasingly intrigued by oppositional practices that occurred within projects of control and manipulation. It was from a desire to investigate more thoroughly such 'entangled' geographies of domination/ resistance that the conference was conceived. It was at this nascent stage that Chris and Ronan, whose research interests include the spaces of social and political power, also became involved. Moreover, it seemed like an ideal opportunity for the four of us to co-operate in a project which would express the birth of a new concern for critical human geography here in the University of Glasgow Geography Department.

The conference appeared to have been a great success-or, at the least, the four of us enjoyed it hugely-and we felt that the 'entanglements of power' theme had been explored in a sufficiently sustained fashion to warrant the preparation of a book out of the proceedings. Unfortunately, we could not go for something that included all the papers from the conference and so, reluctantly, we could select only those that most directly tackled our core theme. Nearly everybody that we approached to contribute was able to do so, and the chapters that follow are all extensive revisions of the papers initially given at the conference, revised to some extent in response to a short paper from us summarising the arguments that we have developed at greater length in Chapter 1. We hope, therefore, that there is a coherence to the present collection of chapters which will enable the sum to be more than the parts, and for the whole to stand as a new perspective on the entangled geographies

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