Knowledges, Identities and Everyday Practices

No knowledge is objective. The ways in which we come to know and write the world are products of and reproduce particular power relations, and this in turn shapes understandings of different identities and everyday practices. In this context, we are interested in questioning the ways in which we, as geographers, come to know the world in relation to the methodologies we use and the theories we draw on to interpret the world. We explore the ways in which people create knowledge about the world they live in, and the practices that stem from this knowledge. Our research intersects with ideas about citizenship, identity and agency, and the ways in which particular spaces and places are implicated in knowledge production.

Research projects and publications in the cluster which contribute to this theme include:

  • Environmental knowledges and sustainable practices (Riley)
  • Conceptions of the ‘economic’, including rethinking conceptions of entrepreneurship, and solidarity-based economics, and the relations between money, society and economics (North)
  • Challenging the colonial legacies of academic knowledge production (Davies, Burrell, Gahman)
  • How alternative and autonomist worldviews are being used to reorganize economic and social relations within the Caribbean (Gahman)
  • The biopolitics of health policy in relation to obesity/fatness (Evans)
  • Conceptualisation of the ‘carceral’, including rethinking carceral spaces, prisoner identities and the production of the boundaries between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ (Turner)
  • Re-thinking our knowledge of time, space and motion through the development of ‘fluid ontologies’ (Peters)
  • Creative walking methods (Rose, Riley), and how pedestrian experiences enable critical engagement and affective remapping of urban environments (Rose)
  • Everyday practices and identities of British Muslims (Isakjee, Whittaker)
  • How race, religion, sexuality, and the body influence notions of working-class manhood (Gahman)
  • Everyday sexisms, street harassment and the loss of public space (Rose)
  • How social reproduction and gender relations are being transformed and revalued through everyday practice in autonomous Zapatista communities (Gahman)
  • Everyday nationhood, diversity and the plural nation (Whittaker)