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
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2007.10.003
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.
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