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Mandatory Fields
Fraser, A
2010
February
Environment and Planning A
The craft of scalar practices
Published
27 ()
Optional Fields
HUMAN-GEOGRAPHY SOUTH-AFRICA POLITICS GOVERNANCE CONSTRUCTION REGIONALISM REFLECTIONS DEBATE REFORM
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332
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Despite recent controversies over the ontological status of scale, geographers have continued to interrogate so-called 'scalar practices'. But not enough has been said about the skill involved in making these practices successful. Geographers have overlooked the potential for thinking through the craft of scalar practices. I therefore introduce 'scalecraft', a concept which builds upon existing work and is intended to draw attention to and elaborate upon the skills, aptitudes, and experiences at issue in working with scale. A relatively diverse set of secondary materials selected from recent academic literature is used first to demonstrate how scalar practices entail failures, learning, complex machinations, and innovations. I then use materials from my own research in South Africa into white farmers' practices which fashion an organic scale of action amidst a space time of uncertainty and insecurity.
LONDON
0308-518X
10.1068/a4299
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