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Making invisible geographies visible
2006 (English)Conference paper, (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Anthropocentric perspectives on planning, society, landscape, and the world that build on the assumption that humans as the only actors in the world are partial and flawed. The environmental pollution in the wake of the Swedish railway tunnel project at Hallandsås in 1998 is an apt reminder of the disastrous consequences of anthropocentric perspectives in planning. Human life is highly dependent on non-human actors not least of which are nature and technology. To include more actors in planning or modelling there is a need for radical shift in perspective from conventional and humanist theories of planning. We need to change our ways of planning due to this -one that goes beyond dualisms and that is centred on the relations between different actors (humans and non-humans) and make these geographies visible.



This paper tries to address some of the issues involved in post-humanist and actor network theory inspired perspectives on environment, planning, landscape, time and the social. I elaborate these and related issues the perspectives of Hybrid Geographies and Bruno Latours Actor Network Theory and my field studies of the Swedish railway tunnel project at Hallandsås. Actant-rhyzomatic conceptions of the environment do not rely on prime ontological categories. As such these can offer fruitful alternative avenues for working with the environment and planning for a more sustainable development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006.
Keyword [en]
planning, landscaping, environment
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Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21222OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-21222DiVA: diva2:594895
Conference
Bodies, Technologies and Spaces, EASST Conferance, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 23-26th August 2006
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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