Disturbing geographies and in/stability in and around a supermarket with a middle-aged man with learning impairments

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Cockain, A. 2021. Disturbing geographies and in/stability in and around a supermarket with a middle-aged man with learning impairments. Cultural Geographies. 28 (4), pp. 629-643. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474020987255
AuthorsCockain, A.
Abstract

This article explores events in and around a supermarket with a middle-aged man with learning impairments. While documenting their particularities, this article also deploys these events as prisms through which to reflect upon how place is implicated in disabling practice and how the disabling geographies that such practice shapes and is shaped by may be un/re/made. These events are made subject to two readings. In the first, although the supermarket seems merely a backdrop against which events take place, it combines with forms of governmentality in and with regard to place to form a product, or text, through which the normative order speaks. In the second, place is regarded as a dynamic process constituted by innumerable elements in constant motion. Because both these readings register the product and process of disabling geographies, this article attempts, albeit while being thwarted, to realise less disabling geographies through rehabilitating process and attending to the ‘thingness’ of place; actual and imaginative subversions, or reversals and deconstructions. These seek to disturb and trouble disabling geographies and the practice made possible therein.

KeywordsDeconstruction; Dis/ability,; Disabling geographies; Learning impairments; Place; Supermarkets
Year2021
JournalCultural Geographies
Journal citation28 (4), pp. 629-643
PublisherSAGE Journals
ISSN1474-4740
1477-0881
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474020987255
Official URLhttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1474474020987255
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Online18 Jan 2021
Print01 Oct 2021
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Deposited11 Oct 2021
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