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

Jones, O. (2008) Stepping from the wreckage: Geography, pragmatism and anti-representational theory. Geoforum, 39 (4). pp. 1600-1612. ISSN 0016-7185 Available from:

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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:pragmatism, non-representational theory, anti-representational theory, geography
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:12381
Deposited By: O. Jones
Deposited On:12 Jan 2011 14:53
Last Modified:27 Jan 2018 17:21

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