A more than relational geography?

Allen, John (2012). A more than relational geography? Dialogues in Human Geography, 2(2) pp. 190–193.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820612449295


Anderson et al.’s (2012) attempt to put assemblage thinking onto a firmer ontological footing is to be welcomed. Whether their spaced-out ontology is postrelational, however, is more open to question. The shadow of realism looms large over their account and poses the question as to what kinds of entities make and are made through relations. In this respect, I argue that a more than relational geography may be the more appropriate ontology to think through the basis of assemblage thinking. If so, the kind of realism that comes into play may be of surprise to some geographers.

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