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Culture, geography, and the arts of government

Barnett, Clive (2001). Culture, geography, and the arts of government. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 19(1) pp. 7–24.

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This paper endeavors to prise open the theoretical closure of the conceptualization of culture in contemporary human geography. Foucault's later work on government provides the basis for a useable definition of culture as an object of analysis which avoids problems inherent in abstract, generalizing and expansive notions of culture. The emergence of this Foucauldian approach in cultural studies is discussed, and the distinctive conceptualization of the relations between culture and power that it implies are elaborated. This re-conceptualization informs a critical project of tracking the institutional formation of the cultural and the deployment of distinctively cultural forms of regulation into the fabric of modern social life. It is argued that the culture-and-government approach needs to be supplemented by a more sustained consideration of the spatiality and scale of power-relations. It is also suggested that this approach might through into new perspective the dynamics behind geography's own cultural turn.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1472-3433
Extra Information: Barnett, Clive (2001). The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, volume 19, issue 1, pages 7-24, 2001, [DOI: 10.1068/d236].
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: 7150
Depositing User: Clive Barnett
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 09:48
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