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Feminism and Geography : The Limits of Geographical Knowledge

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Geography is a subject which throughout its history has been dominated by men; men have undertaken the heroic explorations which form the mythology of its foundation, men have written most of its texts and, as many feminist geographers have remarked, men's interests have structured what counts as legitimate geographical knowledge. This book offers a sustained examination of the masculinism of contemporary geographical discourses.



Drawing on the work of feminist theories about the intersection of power, knowledge and subjectivity, different aspects of the discipline's masculinism are discussed in a series of essays which bring influential approaches in recent geography together with feminist accounts of the space of the everyday, the notion of a sense of place and views of landscape. In the final chapter, the spatial imagery of a variety of feminists is examined in order to argue that the geographical imagination implicit in feminist discussions of the politics of location is one example of a geography which does not deny difference in the name of a universal masculinity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 163 x 237 x 17mm | 452g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745608183
  • 9780745608181

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Geography is a subject which throughout its history has beendominated by men; men have undertaken the heroic explorations whichform the mythology of its foundation, men have written most of itstexts and, as many feminist geographers have remarked, men'sinterests have structured what counts as legitimate geographicalknowledge. This book offers a sustained examination of themasculinism of contemporary geographical discourses.

Drawing on the work of feminist theories about the intersectionof power, knowledge and subjectivity, different aspects of thediscipline's masculinism are discussed in a series of essays whichbring influential approaches in recent geography together withfeminist accounts of the space of the everyday, the notion of asense of place and views of landscape. In the final chapter, thespatial imagery of a variety of feminists is examined in order toargue that the geographical imagination implicit in feministdiscussions of the politics of location is one example of ageography which does not deny difference in the name of a universalmasculinity.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements.
1. Feminism and Geography: An Introduction.


2. Women and Everyday Spaces.


3. No Place for Women?.


4. The Geographical Imagination: Knowledge and Critique.


5. Looking at Landscape: The Uneasy Pleasures of Power.


6. Spatial Divisions and Other Spaces: Production, Reproduction and Beyond.


7. A Politics of Paradoxical Space.


Notes to Chapters.
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'It's very personal, very courageous, and very challenging.'Derek Gregory, Professor of Geography at the University ofBritish Columbia '.subtle and sophisticated.this is an important book.' TheGeographical Journal

'This is an important book in the development of feministgeography.' Geography

'... A greatly needed assessment of recent work influenced bythe fertile connections between feminism and geography.'Progress in Human Geography
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About Gillian Rose

Gillian Rose is Professor of Cultural Geography at the Open University
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