Becoming selves with/in landscapes and across borders
2010 (English)In: Subjects in process / [ed] Alicia de Alba & Michael A Peters, Rowman & Littlefield: Paradigm Sense , 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
In this paper the authors explore processes of becoming subjects with/in particular landscapes. They use collective biography as a methodology and ask how everyday thinking about becoming an embodied ‘self’ shifts when that self is imagined with/in landscape. The authors draw on their own stories of childhood in waterscapes, and in the landscapes of home and of play, as these were told and written in a collective biography workshop which included the six authors who are from three parts of the world. By analysing memories collectively, what is usually understood as the impermeable boundary between ‘selves’ and the physical spaces they dwell in is deconstructed. The memories of becoming a subject in the specificity of different landscapes are simultaneously situated as singular events of becoming in place and time, at the same time as they throw light on the process of subjectification, and of becoming selves with/in landscape.
Subjects in Process investigates the human subject in the first decade of the twenty-first century in relation to changing social circumstances and belongings. The concept of “subjectivity” in the Western tradition has focused on the figure of the individual, knowing and acting human subject often thought to be autonomous, self-conscious, and rooted. This book calls into question the traditional view of the subject, and offers a new framework that emphasizes the subject in process. Written from a perspective that takes account of globalization – and the pressures that it places upon individuals and communities – this book draws upon Nietzsche and the post-modern thinkers that follow him, and develops a conception of the subject that is nomadic, fluid, and migratory, rather than grounded and complete. Arguing that a modern conception of the subject must be one based on cultural exchanges and transformations, this book is sure to provide new insights, suggestions, and developments for anyone concerned with or interested in the identity of the individual now and in the future.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rowman & Littlefield: Paradigm Sense , 2010.
subjectivity, feminist poststructuralism
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53551ISBN: 978-1-59451-902-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-53551DiVA: diva2:390907