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Reconstructing scale: Towards a new scalar politics

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In recent years, the dominant political-economic approach to scale has been subject to critique from poststructuralist perspectives. In this paper, I argue that the charge of ‘reification’ has been accepted too readily, masking areas of conceptual overlap between political-economic and poststructural approaches, particularly in terms of their shared concern with the construction of scale. On this basis, I propose to replace the established concept of ‘the politics of scale’ with ‘scalar politics’, arguing that it is often not scale per se that is the prime object of contention, but rather specific processes and institutionalized practices that are themselves differentially scaled.

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Author(s): MacKinnon D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Human Geography

Year: 2011

Volume: 35

Issue: 1

Pages: 21-36

Print publication date: 12/07/2010

ISSN (print): 0309-1325

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0288

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0309132510367841


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