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On pragmatism, assemblage and ANT: assembling reason

Bridge, Gary 2020. On pragmatism, assemblage and ANT: assembling reason. Progress in Human Geography 10.1177/0309132520924710

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Abstract

In geography the key theoretical registers of assemblage theory and Actor Network Theory have been psychoanalytic-semiotic, materialist and vitalist (emphasising affect). In contrast, this paper indicates the original influence and continued relevance of philosophical pragmatism’s action-oriented approach for assemblage and ANT. It suggests how a pragmatist understanding of human experience, situation and reason offers a different perspective on the nature of emergent and relational space in assemblages and networks. This perspective extends existing pragmatist work in geography to explore the distinctive, hyper-relational spatialities of human activity in a world of acting things, suggesting wider implications for progress in human geography.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0309-1325
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 April 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 April 2020
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 12:38
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/131213

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