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Critical political geographies of slow violence and resistance

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel Pain



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


Engaging Rob Nixon’s conceptualization of slow violence, this special issue provides a criticalframework for how we understand violence relevant to political geography. In this introduction,we highlight three key contributions of the collection that build upon and extend Nixon’s framingof slow violence. First, we attend to the spatialities of slow violence, revealing how the politics ofdisposability and racialized dispossession target particular people and places. Next, we foregroundcritical feminist and anti-racist perspectives that are largely absent in Nixon’s originalaccount. And third, through engaging these approaches, the papers together employ an epistemologicalshift, uncovering hidden and multi-sited violences that prioritise the accounts of thosewho experience and are most affected by slow violence.

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Author(s): Pain R, Cahill C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment And Planning C: Politics And Space

Year: 2022

Volume: 40

Issue: 2

Pages: 359-372

Online publication date: 22/11/2021

Acceptance date: 10/09/2021

Date deposited: 28/09/2021

ISSN (print): 2399-6544

ISSN (electronic): 2399-6552

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/23996544211052051


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