On the other hand ... dialectics

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dc.contributor.author Dixon, Deborah P.
dc.contributor.author Woodward, Keith
dc.contributor.author Jones III, John Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-11T12:08:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-11T12:08:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Dixon , D P , Woodward , K & Jones III , J P 2008 , ' On the other hand ... dialectics ' Environment and Planning A , vol 40 , no. 11 , pp. 2549-2561 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 157602
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/6099
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6099
dc.description.abstract On the other hand ... dialectics: a sometimes social, sometimes materialist, sometimes psychological, but always political ontology that has offered the foundational logic for historico-geographical methodologies, rumbles on even while carrying the burden of a litany of criticisms levelled against its occasional idealisms, teleologies, totalities, binarisms, and, at times, its downright clunkiness. In spite of such objections, the onto-surjective `other-handed-ness' of dialectics, where relations and symmetries of the one hand grasp and shake the negations and contradictions of the other hand, continues to inspire new thought, direct novel research, and inform radical politics. Perhaps this is because, even in the face of growing allegiances to indeterminacy and alterity, the dialectical pairing never lets go: the chainlink of internal relations meets the one hand with the other, joined in constitutive proximity. Is there not, furthermore, something elegant about a mode of thought that finds theses within anti-theses and produces syntheses or, possibly, new fronts altogether; that tracks change not in circles but in spirals; and that anticipates all others, harmony with discord, rationality with emotion, man with God? And yet (or, on the other hand), after two decades of isolating and rooting out alternatives to its frequently claustrophobic structurings, dialectics has become an increasingly forbidden concept. en
dc.format.extent 13 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Environment and Planning A en
dc.title On the other hand ... dialectics en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Editorial (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a41261
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Cultural and Historical Geography en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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