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A pragmatist responds to epistemic and other kinds of frictions in the academy 
Susan Saegert

faculty have spent their careers studying and exposing the psychosocial, material, political, cultural and economic processes and histories of inequalities related to race and gender. It was itself a sign of progress that there were enough students of colour to stage the intervention and that a setting was available that allowed the confrontation to occur. For these and other reasons, the students’ charges were experienced by some as really painful, a point that needs pondering as it eludes most academic discourse, fuels problems arising from difference and can block

in The power of pragmatism
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Grenfell and the return of ‘social murder’
Stuart Hodkinson

and the dangerous working and housing conditions of the mid-19th century appears misplaced. However, the disaster exposed a much deeper neoliberal fault-line in the governance of housing safety, from decades of so-called ‘free market’ policies aimed at boosting capitalist profitability and in particular feeding the voracious returns demanded by an increasingly dominant global financial investor class.15 Successive governments of all political persuasions rolled back state provision and social protections SAH.indb 5 30/01/2019 12:44:48 6 Safe as houses through

in Safe as houses
Kelly Sullivan

the contradictions of the human world – geology, biology, personal history, myth, politics – into ‘a state of consciousness even fleetingly worthy of its ground’. He proposes that such a synthesis would not be just a work of art, but a step beyond: ‘it would be like a reading of that work’. ‘Impossible,’ he says. And yet it is precisely this aesthetic and ecological experiment that drives both volumes of Stones of Aran (Pilgrimage and Labyrinth).5 104 Kelly Sullivan Thus Robinson’s masterpiece of ecological prose, the Stones of Aran diptych, suggests failure at

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Alireza F. Farahani and Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani

it on nature, weather and geographical latitude. Again, you would have a fabulous personal life working with nice, selfless and politically correct people in international development, all of them concerned about and dedicated to the poor, so much so that they are paid many times more for holding a passport from the West and working in the lands of the rest ( Hall, 1996 ). The two comforts described above – armchair theorising and non-reflexive developmental action – are understandable responses to the challenges posed by the dominant discourse about development

in The power of pragmatism
A Capability Approach based analysis from the UK and Ireland
Alma Clavin

, however, limit opportunities for individual and collective freedoms in urban areas (Harvey, 1990). As wellbeing goals may be individually, socially and politically influenced, so too are the values and reasoning behind why individuals become involved in urban gardening activities. Such urban activity may enhance both the sustainable and just use of urban resources. In examining the opportunities and freedoms valued in engaging with urban gardening activity, one must look to the varying conceptions of freedom. Harvey (2005) writes of a lack of serious debate as to which

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
Re-inventing open space in Greece and Switzerland
Sofia Nikolaidou

space in the inner city through the development of long-​term scenarios of densification (Nikolaidou et  al., 2016). Hence, new flexible forms of small-​scale and temporary urban gardens are gaining popularity in green planning practices, especially within dense metropolitan centres where population and economic decline create brownfields (Hula et al., 2016). At the same time, harsh political and economic conditions and globally induced economic crisis, urban poverty and food insecurity empower the importance of subsistence gardening by enhancing its contribution to

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
A conceptual framework for considering mapping projects as they change over time
Cate Turk

as foams 209 and changing circumstances, the temporal emergence of a crisis is echoed in the ways mappings emerge during crisis response. Maps are an essential medium for organising and sharing information in emergency contexts – think of the big wall maps common in emergency coordination centres. Crisis maps are online collaborations where volunteers create maps to help understand and respond to natural disasters and ­ political ­conflicts.  For example, following the huge storm Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda)  which hit the Philippines in November 2013

in Time for mapping
Exploring the session space
Daithí Kearney

music, song and dance truly went global. Since 1999, I have performed throughout Ireland and internationally. Many of these trips were not only motivated by a desire to perform Irish traditional music, song and dance but were financially supported by people and groups seeking to promote Ireland to an international market. A 2009 performance at the White House for President Barack Obama as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations highlighted the importance attached to Irish heritage and the arts at an event dominated by political and business interests. Other

in Spacing Ireland
Pragmatism between rationalism and sentimentality 
Robert W. Lake

Insecurity generates the quest for certainty. (John Dewey, 1929 [1988] , 203) Anyone claiming to tell me the absolute truth is demanding from me unquestioning submission. (Gianni Vattimo, 2014 , 77) Indignation is not yet politics. (Graham Harman, 2014 , 31) Introduction Anyone engaged in the pursuit of knowledge confronts daunting challenges posed by incommensurable definitions of truth, the destabilising threat of uncertainty, the lure of dogmatism and authoritarianism, and the seductive power of sentimentality

in The power of pragmatism
Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith and Stephen Hall

any number of other reliance systems, and vice versa. Reliance systems also always exist somewhere, even if that place is virtual. An effective analytical framework for reliance systems must be able to understand how, in the words of the late geographer Edward Soja, ‘it all comes together’ in space and place, or more precisely, in human settlements. 1 In virtually every society on earth, there are ideologies that primarily adhere to reliance systems when they come together in space and place. These ideologies can be as deeply ingrained in political

in The spatial contract