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Affecting Geospatial Technologies: Toward a Feminist Politics of Emotion

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Building on earlier contributions to feminist understanding of geospatial technologies (GT), I seek to further develop feminist perspectives on GT along new directions. I argue that an attention to the importance of affect (feelings and emotions) and the performative nature of GT practices offers a distinctive critical edge to feminist work on GT. I emphasize the need for GT practitioners to contest the dominant meanings and uses of GT, and to participate in struggles against the oppressive or violent effects of these technologies. I argue that only when emotions, feelings, values, and ethics become an integral part of our geospatial practices can we hope that the use of GT will lead to a less violent and more just world.

Keywords: GIS; affect; emotion; feminist politics; geospatial technologies

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The Ohio State University

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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