SPATIAL JUSTICE: GEOGRAPHIES OF SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
- Module code: GY629
- Credits: 10
- Semester: 2
- Department: GEOGRAPHY
- Coordinator: Dr Patrick Bresnihan (GEOGRAPHY)
This module will critically explore: theories of spatial justice, the underlying spatial processes involved in social and environmental change; mechanisms for achieving and resisting these; and the possibilities of alternative futures. It will introduce students to theories of procedural, distributional, social, spatial, place-based, land, and environmental justice. Students will investigate the underlying spatial processes of injustice leading to current social, economic, and environmental crises, including legacies of colonialism, capitalism, and nature/society dualisms. It examines how spatial justice, and social and environmental change are conceptualised, manifest, fail and are resisted with a focus on power geometries and difference. The relationships between geographical knowledges, practices and material changes of activism will be examined. Class-based discussions and guest talks will examine the political, ethical, and aesthetic challenges of fostering hopeful politics in a time of environmental crisis, reactionary politics, and deepening global inequalities, with a particular focus on Irish-based artistic and activist interventions. Students will be introduced to ethical and responsible forms of research, and learn about the significance of local knowledges, including the voices of those affected by forms of injustice.
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
|Teaching & Learning methods|
Boal, Augusto. 1998. Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics. Abingdon: Routledge.
Brown Gavin and Browne Kath (2016) The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. London: Routledge.
Brown, Gavin, Anna Feigenbaum, Fabian Frenzel, and Patrick McCurdy. Protest camps in international context Spaces, infrastructures and media of resistance. Bristol: Unviersity of Bristol Policy Press.
Browne, Kath. 2009 "Womyn's separatist spaces: Rethinking spaces of difference and exclusion." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (Forthcoming).
Browne, Kath , and L. Bakshi. 2013. Ordinary in Brighton: LGBT, Activisms and the City Aldershot: Ashgate.
Cooper, Davina. 2004. Challenging Diversity: rethinking equality and the value of difference. Cambridge: Cambridge Uiversity Press.
Kearns, Gerry, David Meredith and John Morrissey. 2014. Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis. Royal Irish Academy: Dublin.
Keating, AnaLouise. 2013. Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change. Champaign: Univeristy of Illinois.
Nagle, Angela. 2017. Kill all Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4Chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt Right. London: Zed Books.
Nash, Catherine J., and Kath Browne. 2015. "Best for society? Transnational opposition to sexual and gender equalities in Canada and Great Britain." Gender, Place & Culture 22 (4):561-77. doi: 10.1080/0966369X.2014.885893.
Sharp, Joanne P., R. Routledge, C. Philo, and R. Paddison. 2000. Entanglements of Power; geographies of domination-resistance. London: Routledge
Soja, Edward. 2010. Seeking spatial justice. Bristol: University of Minnesota Press
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