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Emotions, affects and more-than-representational geographies Emotionen, Affekte und mehr-als-repräsentationale Geographien

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Feminist geographers have criticized affective and non-representational geographies for not taking into account social differences. This paper brings feminist accounts of emotion and affect into dialogue with affective and non-representational geographies in order to develop a feminist more-than-representational geography. In a first step, three shared commitments of a non-representational research agenda are presented: (1) a focus on everyday practices and the body, (2) a focus on the unconsciousness, and (3) affect as a more-than-human force. In a second step, I summarize feminist geographies' critiques of non-representational geographies. Drawing on an ongoing research project on the transnational market of surrogacy, I then discuss the benefits and challenges of a more-than-representational agenda for geographical research.

Feministische Geographien haben affektive und nicht-repräsentationale Geographien dafür kritisiert, dass sie soziale Differenzen unberücksichtigt lassen. Dieser Beitrag möchte feministische Ansätze zu Emotion und Affekt mit Debatten in affektiven Geographien in Dialog setzen und fragen, wie eine feministische Lesart nicht-repräsentationaler Geographien aussehen könnte. Die Agenda non-repräsentationaler Geographien wird anhand von drei shared commitments präsentiert: (1) ein Fokus auf alltägliche Praktiken und den Körper, (2) das Primat des Unterbewussten, und (3) die Konzeptualisierung von Affekt als eine ,,mehr-als-menschliche“ Kraft. In einem zweiten Schritt wird die Kritik, die feministische Geograph_innen an nicht-repräsentationalen Geographien geäußert haben, nachgezeichnet. Anhand eigener empirischer Untersuchungen zum transnationalen Markt für Leihmutterschaft werden anschließend der Mehrwert und die Herausforderungen einer mehr-als-repräsentationalen Forschungsagenda für geographische Forschung diskutiert.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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