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Geographies of authority

Brigstocke, Julian, Bresnihan, Patrick, Dawney, Leila and Miller, Naomi 2021. Geographies of authority. Progress in Human Geography 10.1177/0309132520986227

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We propose a geography that pluralises the sites, practices, and politics of authority. We defend an approach that tracks less perceptible forms of authority emerging through everyday micropolitics and experimental practices. In contrast to dominant definitions of authority as institutionalized legitimate power, we propose a definition of authority as a relation of guidance emerging from recognition of inequalities in access to truth, experience, or objectivity.Analysing four intersecting areas of authority (algorithmic, experiential, expert, and participatory authority), we propose analyses that trace authority’s affective force, and which address the tension between, but also mutual constitution of, authority and equality.

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: 18 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 13 December 2020
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 14:11

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