The spatial borders of territorial states are also the limits of the validity of the principle of abstract equality and its emancipatory potential. Against the backdrop of geographical theorizations of spatial forms, the paper discusses how this is reflected in the Marxist critique of merely abstract equality and the ways in which current theories of radical democracy find emancipatory potential in the demand for equality.
Am 18. Januar 2017 beschloss der Senat der Universität Greifswald die 1933 verordnete Benennung nach Ernst Moritz Arndt zu streichen und zum ursprünglichen Hochschulnamen zurückzukehren. Dies nahmen rechts orientierte politische Gruppen zum Anlass, gegen die Rückbenennung und für den Verfasser militaristischer, juden- und ausländerfeindlicher Schriften eine Kampagne um vorpommersche Identität zu starten. Erst nach einem Jahr gelang es, die Krise diskursiv beizulegen.
The article argues for a Political Geography that takes the acutal practices of doing politics as its main point of interest. With the help of Hannah Arendt's philosophy analyzes the way in which these political practices are tied to particular places and their material equipment. Far from being limited to parliament or government buildings, the political permeates the web of our everyday life and the spaces in which it transpires.
This article concentrates on crises within social geography and discusses the geography of social crises using the example of environmental injustice and the somatization of the environment with respect to food and health. By extending the surface view on embodied subjects as being socio-culturally encoded and discursively normalized, metabolic processes are also addressed. The body is understood as the place where social crises, structures of inequality and discursive categories materialize.
The paper outlines an approach to right wing populism in recent years not only in critizing the use of so called alternative facts but using the concept of a regressive modernisation as a debate which includes populist movements into a broader diagnosis of western societies. These findings are used in order to explain transformations of social geography. It is argued that the success of postmodern geographies is unable to counteract geographies of recent right wing populism.
This short paper provides the initial provocation for a themed issue that emerges from a conference on the topic of geographies of social crises/crises of social geographies. We call for social geographers to engage with the historical and current dynamics of places and milieus to understand novel class societies and the violence that underpins social inequalities.