Stepping from the wreckage: Geography, pragmatism and anti-representational theory

Jones, Owain (2008) Stepping from the wreckage: Geography, pragmatism and anti-representational theory. Geoforum, 39 (4). pp. 1600-1612. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2007.10.003

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This paper draws out linkages between non-representational theory (NRT) and pragmatism. In doing so it sets NRT in a much wider, historical anti-representational movement. This should add momentum to its progress, and open up the considerable pragmatist and neo-pragmatist heritage as a resource for dealing with questions about methods, politics and ethics that NRT raises. Firstly I outline pragmatism and NRT to ground the discussion. Secondly the convergences between pragmatism, poststructuralism and the later work of Wittgenstein are considered. After that I go through a series of working principles which can underpin what is being termed anti-representational theory. These include; the primacy of life and action, pluralism, materiality/spatiality/temporality/relationality, anti-essentialism, creativity, collectivity, fallibilism, and disorder in method. I conclude by considering anti-representational knowledge production through radical incrementalism underpinned by witness and narrative

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Submission. Pragmatism; Non-representational theory; Anti-representational theory; Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 13:17
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:27

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