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Title: Towards a method for postcolonial development geography? Possibilities and challenges.
Authors: Raghuram, Parvati
Madge, Clare
First Published: 4-Oct-2006
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 2006, 27 (3), pp.270-288
Abstract: In this paper we explore the contours of a ‘method’ for postcolonial development geography, which makes it possible to imagine another ‘world-picturing’. We suggest three steps towards such a method. First, we propose that a postcolonial method involves thinking about why we are doing research in the south in the first place; how we come to and produce our questions; and how we analyze and represent our findings based on our subject positionings. Second, that we need to recognize theorization as an inherent part of method, rethink how we currently theorize and reconfigure our methods of theorization to address wider political aims. Problematizing theorization helps challenge the universalism of Eurocentric theories, thus enabling development geography to move towards more decolonized versions and visions. Finally, that this must be accompanied by firmer recognition of our multiple investments – personal, institutional and geopolitical – and how they frame the possibilities for change. These are some possible steps that we think can reconfigure the ‘scholarly track’ that postcolonial development geographers traverse.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2006.00262.x
ISSN: 0129-7619
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2006 Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. Deposited with reference to the journal Exclusive Licence Form, which permits post-print 12 months after publication.
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