Nancy Duncan's BodySpace: Destabilizing Geographies of Gender and Sexuality PDF

By Nancy Duncan

ISBN-10: 0415144418

ISBN-13: 9780415144414

BodySpace brings jointly the superior recognized geographers writing on gender and sexuality this day. jointly they discover the position of house and position within the functionality of gender and sexuality. The publication takes a extensive point of view on feminism as a theoretical critique, and goals to flooring - and destabilize - notions of citizenship, paintings, violence, "race" and incapacity of their geographical contexts. The ebook explores the assumption of data as embodied, engendered and embedded in position and area. Gender and sexuality are explored - and destabilized - in the course of the methodological and conceptual lenses of cartography, fieldwork, resistance, transgression and the divisions among local/global and public/private area. individuals: Linda Martin Alcoff, Kay Anderson, Vera Chouinard, Nancy Duncan, J.K. Gibson-Graham, Ali supply, Kathleen Kirby, Audrey Kobayashi, Doreen Massey, Linda McDowell, Wayne Myslik, Heidi Nast, Gillian Rose, Joanne Sharp, Matthew Sparke, Gill Valentine

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Such a requirement follows necessarily from the repudiation of mind-body dualism, since the recognition of a rich corporeality, unable to be abstracted from its particular specificity, demands the recognition of irreducible difference. To recognize sexual difference as a constitutive component of reason and knowledge, then, involves an acknowledgement of the relation between the knowing subject and the object known, and of theory’s own materiality, power and desire. A universalism of theory, no less than a universal notion of woman, must be replaced by the notion of theory as a situated enquiry with a particular aim and a specific temporal and social reach.

Many anthropologists, and an increasing number of geographers, now suggest that the desired aim of scholarly writing is a polyphonic text, in which the multiple voices of the narrator and his (the pronoun is deliberate— these claims seem to have originated in a predominantly masculine group of scholars (see Mascia-Lees et al. 1989 and Moore 1994)) subjects are heard. Now, leaving aside difficult stylistic questions about how to construct a multiphonic text that is legible, it may be argued that this genre does not challenge authorial dominance.

What globalization, the associated movement of people and capital, and the expansion of hegemonic forms of Western media into ‘Others’ spaces’, has achieved is no less than the disruption of geographic space, or at least its definition and association with ‘real space’. The movement of vast numbers of people from the formerly colonized periphery to the centre of what was once termed, without irony, the ‘civilized world’ has collapsed the distinction between the West and the rest, their geographic separation and the association of the cultural values of ‘the West’—those Western philosophical principles (such as the Cartesian mind/body distinction)—with (in the main) the Western hemisphere.

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