|Title||Belonging to a different landscape: repurposing nationalist affects|
This is an article about the embodied, sensual experience of rural landscape as a site where racialized feelings of national belonging get produced. Largely impervious to criticism and reformation by 'thin' legal-political versions of multicultural or cosmopolitan citizenship, it is my suggestion that this racialized belonging is best confronted through the recognition and appreciation of precisely what makes it so compelling. Through an engagement with the theorization of affect in the work of Divya Praful Tolia-Kelly, I consider the resources immanent to the perception of landscapes of national belonging that might be repurposed to unravel that belonging from within. I suggest that forms of environmental consciousness can unpick the mutually reinforcing relationships between nature and nation, opening up opportunities for thinking identity and belonging in different ways, and allowing rural landscapes to become more hospitable places.
|Keywords||Affect, Belonging, Nature, Landscape, Nationalism, Race|
|Journal||Sociological Research Online|
|Journal citation||21 (1), p. 8|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.5153/sro.3837|
|Published||28 Feb 2016|