BodySpace: Destabilizing Geographies of Gender and Sexuality by Nancy Duncan

By Nancy Duncan

BodySpace brings jointly the superior identified geographers writing on gender and sexuality this day. jointly they discover the function of house and position within the functionality of gender and sexuality. The ebook takes a large viewpoint 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 e-book explores the belief of data as embodied, engendered and embedded in position and house. Gender and sexuality are explored - and destabilized - during the methodological and conceptual lenses of cartography, fieldwork, resistance, transgression and the divisions among local/global and public/private house. participants: Linda Martin Alcoff, Kay Anderson, Vera Chouinard, Nancy Duncan, J.K. Gibson-Graham, Ali provide, Kathleen Kirby, Audrey Kobayashi, Doreen Massey, Linda McDowell, Wayne Myslik, Heidi Nast, Gillian Rose, Joanne Sharp, Matthew Sparke, Gill Valentine

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Feminist accountability requires a knowledge tuned to resonance, not to dichotomy. Gender is a field of structured and structuring difference, where the tones of extreme localization, of the intimately personal and individualized body, vibrate in the same field with global high tension emissions. Feminist embodiment, then, is not about fixed location in a reified body, female or LINDA MCDOWELL/ 35 otherwise, but about nodes in fields, inflections in orientations, and responsibility for difference in material-semiotic fields of meaning.

THE ETHICS OF SEXUAL DIFFERENCE Within European feminism, Luce Irigaray’s work is perhaps most emblematic of this new direction for feminist theory. Her project is to create a theory and an ethics which can be grounded for the first time, not on sameness or universality, the ability to apply a method or a principle to all, or to maintain a pretence of neutrality, but a theory and an ethics that is based on difference at the most fundamental level (see, for example, Irigaray 1993). 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.

The astronomer must of necessity rely on observations at a distance of phenomena over which she or he has no control and no ability to manipulate. But this is, of course, a very restricted model of enquiry, and in fact ungeneralizable. The more likely general model would be something like a laboratory, in which collectives of hierarchically related individuals engage in projects in humanly created spaces, projects which are themselves determined by a variety of forces beyond any single individual’s choice.

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