Liz Bondi: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Geography: Space for Women?

According to its proponents, postmodernism seeks to recover that which existing cultural forms, social theories and epistemologies have excluded. ‘Space‘ is numbered among those exclusions and geographers have noted that postmodernism appears to sensitise diverse traditions in social thought to geographical difference (Gregory., 1989). The reality behind that appearance is disputed, hence responses to postmodernism that vary from the enthusiastic (Cooke, 1989) through guarded excitement (Graham, 1988) to hostility (Harvey, 1987) shading into derision  (Lovering, 1989). But what is notable is that the same issues and perspectives remain marginal: women, ethnic minorities and collected ’others’ get tagged along as categories to be ‘recovered’, with or without the benefit of postmodernism. The possibility that we might be ‘in there’ already, that alternative perspectives on the dichotomy between ‘self ‘ and ‘other’ already exist, goes unnoticed (cf. Morris, 1988, pp. 11-16). In particular, the transformative potential of feminism is simply ignored; it remains outside ‘the project’ of radical geography as well as mainstream
geography (Christopherson, 1989), as continued silence about the vigorous debate between feminism and postmodernism testifies.

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BONDI, L. (1990), FEMINISM, POSTMODERNISM, AND GEOGRAPHY: SPACE FOR WOMEN?. Antipode, 22: 156–167

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