This chapter explores the way that pragmatic approaches offer hope for developing the interventions needed to respond to the ecological crisis, and the wider crisis that is modern knowledge. The overall argument is that pragmatic approaches, along with a family of non- and anti-representational approaches, are inherently creative. They embrace the fact that they are generative of the world and within the world. They are ecological philosophies of change and innovation and this places them at odds with modern knowledge which, with its reductive
the essay form itself. Most of the scholarship on the essay itself has
been done by Americans on American essays or considering the British periodical essayists. Many of the articles I reference in this chapter come from American
literary journals, particularly River Teeth and Fourth Genre, two of the three main
literary journals that solely publish non-fiction, and I am favouring the perspectives of practising creative non-fictionists who are also either academics or editors.
In terms of audience, Chris Arthur is frequently published in American literary
Beata J. Gawryszewska, Maciej Łepkowski, and Anna Wilczyńska
in urban space seems to constitute the principal value of such areas. Due to the
free nature of these lands, they act proactively on the user, thereby allowing subjective perception of space and its grassroots creation (permitted to every user,
irrespective of his social status) (Gawryszewska et al., 2016). During her speech
at a conference ‘Growing in Cities in Switzerland’, Stefanie Hennecke (2016)
emphasised the creative potential provided by ‘dysfunctional’ space, which does
not in any way imply that it is ‘non-functional’. In fact, by the lack
The collection ends appropriately with a poem by Andrew McNeillie that he wrote about Robinson. Furthering the creative process, McNeillie, who is both a literary critic and creative writer, diverges from the critical essay form and offers a creative reflection of Robinson’s relationship with the landscape and mapping upon his arrival to Ireland through poetic form.
to stakeholders may vary widely, although in practice there is overlap. We can
distinguish between dashboards providing accountability and legitimacy through
transparency (Perez and Rushing, 2007: 11), collecting intelligence and providing cues for action, managing emergencies, benchmarking and comparison,
surveilling and controlling (Kitchin, 2013: 15), offering democratising tools for
civic empowerment and social change (Holden and Moreno Pires, 2015), and
providing creative opportunities to hackers, artists, app makers and citizens, like
a deep, creative and radical democracy ( Jakimow, 2008 ; McFarlane, 2006).
With these insights, pragmatism can contribute to the development of a form of reflexive development practice that allows you to remain sane and do something useful. In this chapter, four dilemmas in the field of development are introduced and connected to broader difficulties in doing development which relies on big-D and little-d perspectives as well as efforts to practise reflexive development. Drawing on examples from Iran regarding the production of development documents
This book makes the case for a pragmatist approach to the practice of social inquiry and knowledge production. Through diverse examples from multiple disciplines, contributors explore the power of pragmatism to inform a practice of inquiry that is democratic, community-centred, problem-oriented and experimental. Drawing from both classical and neo-pragmatist perspectives, the book advances a pragmatist sensibility in which truth and knowledge are contingent rather than universal, made rather than found, provisional rather than dogmatic, subject to continuous experimentation rather than ultimate proof and verified in their application in action rather than in the accuracy of their representation of an antecedent reality. The power of pragmatism offers a path forward for mobilizing the practice of inquiry in social research, exploring the implications of pragmatism for the process of knowledge production.
A short creative piece which meditates on the notion of randomised and
transient violence within heavily populated urban centres. Violence in a
small town or village might be noticed more and talked about for weeks;
violence in a big city – in this case Manchester – flares up and then
disappears in the blink of an eye. How does the city hold itself together
through these convulsions?
This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.