By Nancy Duncan
BodySpace brings jointly the superior recognized geographers writing on gender and sexuality this present day. jointly they discover the position of house and position within the functionality of gender and sexuality. The booklet takes a large point of view on feminism as a theoretical critique, and goals to floor - and destabilize - notions of citizenship, paintings, violence, "race" and incapacity of their geographical contexts. The booklet explores the belief of data as embodied, engendered and embedded in position and house. Gender and sexuality are explored - and destabilized - throughout the methodological and conceptual lenses of cartography, fieldwork, resistance, transgression and the divisions among local/global and public/private house. members: Linda Martin Alcoff, Kay Anderson, Vera Chouinard, Nancy Duncan, J.K. Gibson-Graham, Ali furnish, Kathleen Kirby, Audrey Kobayashi, Doreen Massey, Linda McDowell, Wayne Myslik, Heidi Nast, Gillian Rose, Joanne Sharp, Matthew Sparke, Gill Valentine
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So, in a statement paralleling Massey’s emphasis on remarkably complex interconnections between the global and the local, Fredric Jameson has argued that the postmodern condition is one distinguished by, defined by, a particular set of spatial relations. Thus, he suggests, I take such spatial peculiarities as symptoms and expressions of a new and historically original dilemma, one that involves our insertion as individual subjects into a multinational set of radical discontinuous realities, whose frames range from the still surviving spaces of bourgeois private life all the way to the unimaginable decentring of global capital itself.
Instead geographers have looked to feminist theorists writing elsewhere for guidance. The work of Donna Haraway seems to have a particular resonance, in part perhaps because of her own use of spatial terminology including maps and geometries. Haraway, perhaps in a reference to Geertz uses the term ‘local knowledge’ or ‘embodied knowledge’, to emphasize the deconstruction of the mind/body dichotomy. She has argued that feminists need to develop a geometry of difference that allows us to consider the relations of difference in ways other than hierarchical dominance.
Thus, through a range of processes—from the uneven impact of an increasingly global capitalism, migration, war, new social movements—old boundaries are being transgressed and disrupted and replaced by new divisions. In these processes, men and women, divided or united by age, by class, or by beliefs, are differentially affected, and the links between identity and a sense of belonging to a particular territory or place are being remapped. Now this chapter is not the place to even outline the main features and implications of the breaking down of old spatial divisions and boundaries and the re-establishment of new ones.