Spatial relations, histories from below and the makings of agency

Featherstone, David and Griffin, Paul (2016) Spatial relations, histories from below and the makings of agency. Progress in Human Geography, 40 (3). pp. 375-393. ISSN 0309-1325

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In this paper we propose a conversation between work in labour history and labour geography, in part centring on the formative contribution of E.P. Thompson. We contend that the commitment to multiple and political forms of agency and working-class experience and the positioning of class as process, which are lasting contributions of The Making of the English Working Class, offer resources for re-invigorating debates on agency within labour geography and beyond. The paper scrutinizes the spatial politics at work in Thompson’s account of agency and experience through drawing on critiques of Thompson by feminist and post-colonial scholars. The paper explores the significance of Thompson’s work for asserting a spatial politics of labour and argues for attention to the diverse agentic spatial practices shaped through labour organizing and struggles. The paper concludes by setting out some key aspects of the terms of a conversation between labour geographies and labour histories.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: labour geography, labour history, agency, antagonism, experience, New Left
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Griffin
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 14:46
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 15:40

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