Re-conceptualising political landscapes after the material turn: a typology of material events

Martijn Duineveld*, Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen

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    Abstract

    This paper conceptualises and categorises the various relationships between materiality, discursive construction of landscapes and collective action. Building on both post-structuralist and non-representational geography, and incorporating insights from social systems theory and from evolutionary governance theory, we present a perspective on materiality as shaping landscapes, communities and cultures through different pathways. These pathways might involve the construction of landscape concepts and can potentially affect collective choice in political landscapes of actors and institutions. Five types of material events are distinguished: silent, whispering, vigorous, fading and deadly events. These events constitute the spectrum in which materiality and changes in materiality affect communication and action. Such conceptualisation and categorisations help to avoid setting up a harsh distinction between matter and discourse, or a simple choice for one over the other as ontologically prior.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)375-384
    Number of pages10
    JournalLandscape Research
    Volume42
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2017

    Keywords

    • Material turn
    • more-than human geographies
    • landscapes
    • events
    • evolutionary governance theory
    • new materialism
    • POWER
    • CONTINGENCY
    • GEOGRAPHY

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