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Rose, Gillian (1962–)

  • By: Minelle Mahtani
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Gillian Rose has long encouraged geographers to contemplate the gendered construction of geographical knowledge. Her research ranges from analyzing the cultural politics of landscape to exploring notions of the performative and visual methodologies. She is perhaps best known for her 1993 book, Feminism and Geography. Through an explicit critique of geography's masculinist leanings, Rose reveals that geographers have constructed geography in ways that legitimize masculine forms of geographical knowledge at the expense of feminist ones. Rose has also intervened in key debates about feminist geographical methodologies, drawing on insights from Judith Butler to critique assumptions in feminists’ use of reflexivity as a way to construct geographical knowledges. Referring to the ways in which gendered sameness and difference are constituted through geographical traditions, in “Tradition and ...

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