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

Noxolo, Pat; Raghuram, Parvati and Madge, Clare (2008). 'Geography is pregnant' and 'geography's milk is flowing': metaphors for a postcolonial discipline? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26(1) pp. 146–168.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d81j
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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1472-3433
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Geography
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 11748
Depositing User: Parvati Raghuram
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2008 10:56
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:12
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11748
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