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Economic geographies of power: methodological challenges and interdisciplinary analytical possibilities

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Journal publication date12/2012
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Journal number6
Volume36
Number of pages23
Pages734-756
Early online date8/03/12
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

How can the modalities and whereabouts of power – and specifically the spatio-temporal contingencies and reach of power relations - be more effectively studied? This paper shows how issues of validity and reflexivity restrict existing empirical work’s ability to advance understandings of power, and demonstrates how such issues can be overcome through the refined use of methods and analytical techniques that tease out the double contingencies of the social relations that underlie power. Refinements are shown to be possible by learning, in particular, from approaches to analysing power elsewhere in the social sciences, and particularly from management studies and linguistics.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Progress in Human Geography, 36 (6), 2012, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2012 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Progress in Human Geography page: http://phg.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/