) early focus on the ‘social self’, which emphasised the interdependence of these aspects of identity and subjectivity. This is followed by a review of the under-theorisation of the political self in urban studies. From this position, the chapter then applies a pragmatic approach to political subjectivity and agency in explicating a short case study of the politicised rescaling of state responsibilities in a city-region in England, illustrating the importance of taking account of how human actors are produced as political subjects through social relations.
Postcolonialism and ecology in the work of Tim Robinson
living dignity and
agency of the physical topographies and cultural geographies under scrutiny. Not
Essayist of place: postcolonialism and ecology
Figure 26 Essayist of place – Robinson at his desk juxtaposed against the Connemara
landscape (from Pat Collins’s film Tim Robinson: Connemara, photo by Colm Hogan).
only should the essayist of place display requisite self-reflexiveness in tracking
their own rapport with place, but Ryden’s communal and empathetic vision also
highlights that interdependence and mutuality are components of the essayist’s
The bridge, the fund and insurance in Dar es Salaam
futures – how risks are envisioned, anticipated, remembered, acted upon and/or ignored. Here insurance is understood as a generator of the bridge and fund and not simply the linear consequence of the same, hence their interdependence. Rather than the traditional dialectical triad, I establish three ‘platforms’ (Guyer, 2016 ) from where to make connections.
As part of my work, I also conducted a three-month internship with the pension fund that funded the bridge. By attending to the ‘lifeworld’ of financial infrastructures, I lent myself to the
: A Definition of the Fantastic by David Roas (2018) .
The fantastic needs this ontological limit in order to be able to operate, in an echo of the Foucauldian idea of the interdependence between limit and transgression: ‘the limit and transgression depend on each other for whatever density of being they possess: a limit could not exist if it were absolutely uncrossable and, reciprocally, transgression would be pointless if it merely crossed a limit composed of illusion and