Signo y Pensamiento
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GARZON, MARÍA ANGELÍCA. Place as Politics and Politics as Place. Signo pensam. [online]. 2008, vol.27, n.53, pp. 92-103. ISSN 0120-4823.
Location, territory, or space in our global era seems to have lost its importance vis-à-vis the hegemony of time. Yet, the experiences of contemporary social movements and their practice are firmly anchored to a particular place (Escobar, 1996), thus showing that the category (space-place-location) is still in force. Hence, space, as seen from the former perspective, would not contribute to explaining such practices because it is too abstract a category to take into account the links between territory, culture, identity, and power. Thus, what we call the policies and politics of place come to the surface, a notion that allows for a novel look at spatial reconfigurations; i.e., the local dynamics, and their connections with the global milieus, and help us understand better why some political and epistemological proposals are made possible by the place, for the place, and from the place or locality. The purpose of this paper is to trace the background of politics and policies of place, and to put forward its political and theoretical possibilities.
Palavras-chave : Place; location; policies and politics of place; global-local relationship; spatial turn; local or site epistemology.