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Subaltern geographies: Geographical knowledge and postcolonial strategy

Jazeel, T; (2014) Subaltern geographies: Geographical knowledge and postcolonial strategy. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography , 35 (1) pp. 88-103. 10.1111/sjtg.12053. Green open access

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Abstract

In recent years a small but rich geographical literature has engaged with Subaltern Studies to explore the geographical and geopolitical imaginations of subaltern subjects and groups. Such writings have deployed subalternity to designate a substantive subject or group marginalized in the face of power. Departing from this, the paper instead treats subalternity more figuratively, as a word able to evoke spatialities occluded by the Euro-American power that haunts disciplinary geography. The paper argues that using subalternity like this holds the potential to pluralize geographical interventions, particularly in the light of the discipline's materialist turns since the late 1990s. To make this argument, the paper engages Gayatri Spivak's seminal critique of the Subaltern Studies collective, suggesting how this might speak productively to a postcolonial geographical methodology. It demonstrates the potential of this methodology by weaving it through a broader attempt to critically engage the politics of nature and environment in Sri Lanka.

Type: Article
Title: Subaltern geographies: Geographical knowledge and postcolonial strategy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12053
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12053
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Jazeel, T; (2014) Subaltern geographies: Geographical knowledge and postcolonial strategy. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 35 (1) pp. 88-103, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12053. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
Keywords: Subaltern Studies; postcolonial; Gayatri Spivak; Sri Lanka; uncertainty; translation
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474333
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