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Subaltern Space
Subaltern space
Introduction

Although geographers have seldom used the expression, over the last 20 years ‘subaltern space’ has become an important site of critical engagement within their discipline and key to the way questions of geography have been taken up in the humanities and social sciences. In fine, subaltern space pertains to issues of subordination and oppression, and their relation to questions of voice, agency, representation, situated knowledge and imagined community. However, this site eludes simple definition, in part because the formative theorist of the subaltern, the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci, provided only a fragmentary account of the term (and bequeathed it a prolific and pliable critical afterlife – see Brennan 2001; Green 2002), now because there is a huge and complex literature on the ...

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