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Thinking with a Feminist Political Ecology of Air-and-breathing-bodies
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8199-151x
2020 (English)In: Body & Society, ISSN 1357-034X, E-ISSN 1460-3632, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 79-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social theory has paid little attention to air, despite its centrality to bodily existence and air pollution being named the world’s biggest public health crisis. Where attention to air is found, the body is largely absent. On the other hand, conceptualizing the body without life-sustaining breath fails to highlight breathing as the ongoing metabolic bodily act in which the materiality of human and more-than-human intermingle and transmute one another. Political ecology studies how unequal power structures and knowledge production reproduce human–environment relations, including a nascent focus on the body and air – but as separate issues. This article argues that a political ecology of air would productively fuse with a political ecology of the body to bring the visceral realm into intersectional analysis of air’s contemporary materialities. A feminist political ecology situates explicitly air-and-breathing-bodies, their intimately posthuman, relational, elemental and corpomaterial intra-action, at the heart of such analysis.

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SAGE Publications , 2020. Vol. 26, no 2, p. 79-105
Keywords [en]
air, breath, breathing body, embodiment, feminist political ecology, posthuman
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Social Anthropology Cultural Studies Gender Studies
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-276963DOI: 10.1177/1357034X19900526ISI: 000532378400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85084418784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-276963DiVA, id: diva2:1444224
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EU, Horizon 2020
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If you would like to contact the author, you can reach her on: irma_allen@hotmail.co.uk

Available from: 2020-06-20 Created: 2020-06-20 Last updated: 2022-06-26Bibliographically approved

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