Intervention: Engaging post-foundational political theory requires an ‘enmeshed’ approach

Joe Blakey, Ruth Machen, Derek Ruez, Paula Medina García

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Abstract

This intervention argues for renewed engagements with post-foundational political theory (PFPT) within political geography. We feel that post-foundational political geography may be on the cusp of becoming consolidated as a distinct and expansive approach to political geographic scholarship, but we argue that reductionist and binary caricatures of its central distinction between ‘politics’ and ‘the political’ must be avoided for it to reach its full potential. To this end, we suggest that ‘politics’ and ‘the political’ need to be considered as more ‘enmeshed’ than they have often been represented. We write as four political geographers and will, each in our own ways, highlight how an ‘enmeshed’ approach to PFPT can better translate its conceptual interventions into political geographic research whilst facilitating productive encounters with the broader worlds of critical geographic inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102689
JournalPOLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
Volume99
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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