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‘Geography is pregnant’ and ‘geography’s milk is flowing’: metaphors for a postcolonial discipline?

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posted on 02.08.2011, 13:53 by Pat Noxolo, Parvati Raghuram, Clare Madge
This paper attempts to mobilise the metaphors of pregnancy and lactation to address the imperatives arising from British academic geography’s postcolonial position. We embed our argument in our readings of extracts from two consciously postcolonial fictional texts. In the first part of the paper we consider geography as a discipline that is pregnant but ‘in trouble’ to illustrate the paradoxical struggle of the discipline to be a global discipline whilst at the same time marginalising the voices and perspectives that make it global. In the second part of the paper we consider geography as a discipline whose ‘milk is flowing’ to suggest ways that the discipline can acknowledge its global interconnectedness to produce a mutually responsible academic agency.

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Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2008, 26 (1), pp. 146-168.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

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Pion

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0263-7758

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2008

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02/08/2011

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http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=d81j

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Pat Noxolo, Parvati Raghuram, Clare Madge, 2008. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26 (1), pp. 146-168, 2008. http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d81j

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