Radical Theory/Critical Praxis:
Making a Difference Beyond the Academy?
Edited by Duncan Fuller and Rob Kitchin
For the past thirty five years geographers have systematically
engaged with radical and critical
theory to examine and expose uneven, unequal, exploitative
and oppressive socio-spatial and environmental relations.
By drawing on and developing different
theoretical traditions — such as Marxism,
feminism, and poststructuralism — they have shared an
ideological commitment to challenge
injustices and seek positive change. More recently, however,
many have started to question the extent to which radical/critical geographers
actually do make a difference beyond the academy; whether
they really are changing the situation
on the ground for everyday people in everyday places. The works in this volume examine this
contention and investigate how radical/critical geographies might proceed.
Drawing on their own experiences
of seeking to ground radical theory through critical
praxis, the contributors vibrantly explore the role of the academic
in society; the relevance and meaning of 'making a difference' beyond
the academy; the relationship
between academic praxis and activism; and the neo-liberal threat to enacting certain kinds of critical praxis.
Radical Theory/Critical Praxis is an essential read
for academics and students ideologically
committed to challenging and transforming the status quo.
More generally, however, the book will provide critical
stimulation for anyone with an interest in the history of geographical
thought, alongside those concerned with the relationships between
academia and those apparently
'beyond the academy'...
Contributors: Paul Cloke, Jessica
Dempsey, Duncan Fuller, Melissa Gilbert,
Keith Halfacree, Teresa Hoskyns, Rob Kitchin, Michele
Masucci, Larch Juckes Maxey, Don Mitchell, Pamela Moss, Paul Routledge, James K.
Rowe, David Sibley, Chris Wilbert, Robert D. Wilton, Perla Zusman
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