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Title: Rethinking responsibility and care for a postcolonial world
Authors: Raghuram, Parvati
Madge, Clare
Noxolo, Pat
First Published: Jan-2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Geoforum, 2009, 40 (1), pp. 5-13.
Abstract: Both responsibility and care have much to offer in thinking through the relationalities that make up a postcolonial world. Although contemporary political systems often posit responsibility and care within the context of individuated and autonomous selves, geographers have done much to relocate responsibility and care within narratives of interdependency – spatially and temporally. They have argued that both terms offer a route for thinking about ethical geographical relations between myriad places. In this article we take this project further, by looking at how the nature and shape of these relationships might be construed in a postcolonial world. We suggest that, through a more critical engagement with postcolonial thinking, any exploration of existing practices of responsibility and care will not only reveal the enormous potential of imagining these geographies as forms of existing and evolving relationalities, but will also lead us to interrogate the deployments of these terms in the context of past and present inequalities. We show that routing care and responsibility through postcolonial geographies moves us towards a more pragmatic responsiveness, one that involves a ‘care-full’ recognition of postcolonial interaction.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.07.007
ISSN: 0016-7185
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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