Belonging to a different landscape: repurposing nationalist affects

Pitcher, B. 2016. Belonging to a different landscape: repurposing nationalist affects. Sociological Research Online. 21 (1), p. 8. doi:10.5153/sro.3837

TitleBelonging to a different landscape: repurposing nationalist affects
AuthorsPitcher, B.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsAffect, Belonging, Nature, Landscape, Nationalism, Race
Article number8
JournalSociological Research Online
Journal citation21 (1), p. 8
ISSN1360-7804
Year2016
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscriptBen Pitcher Belonging to a different landscape author accepted manuscript version.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5153/sro.3837
Publication dates
Published28 Feb 2016

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