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Deconstructing context: exposing Derrida

Barnett, Clive (1999). Deconstructing context: exposing Derrida. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 24(3) pp. 277–293.

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Deconstruction has become a theme in various strands of geographical research. It has not, however, been the subject of very much explicit commentary. This paper elaborates on some basic themes concerning the relationship between deconstruction and conceptualisations of context, with particular reference to issues of textual interpretation. The double displacement of textuality characteristic of deconstruction is discussed, followed by a consideration of the themes of ‘writing’ and ‘iterability’ as distinctive figures for an alternative spatialisation of concepts of context. It is argued that deconstruction informs a questioning of the normative assumptions underwriting the value and empirical identity of context.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1999 Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers)
ISSN: 1475-5661
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: Derrida;deconstruction;context;interpretation;spacing;textuality
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 24187
Depositing User: Clive Barnett
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2011 09:15
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 18:02
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