Staying with the trouble of institutions

Philo, C. and Parr, H. (2019) Staying with the trouble of institutions. Area, 51(2), pp. 241-248. (doi:10.1111/area.12531)

Philo, C. and Parr, H. (2019) Staying with the trouble of institutions. Area, 51(2), pp. 241-248. (doi:10.1111/area.12531)

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Abstract

This paper provides a commentary on the theme section entitled “Troubling Institutions at the Nexus of Care and Control.” Using the recent book Matters of Care (2017) by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa as a reference point, the authors of the commentary introduce the project of exploring how care and control admix across a range of institutional geographies, reflecting complex assemblages of places, peoples, practices and problems. Taking seriously the prompt by the section editors to think about the “troubling” of institutions, the authors draw provisional distinctions between those that are “troubled” and those that are “troublesome,” mapping across to the range of more‐or‐less institutional – more‐or‐less carceral – spaces considered in the papers comprising the theme section. The commentary concludes with attention, inspired by Donna Haraway's notion of “staying with the trouble,” to the task of staying both with the troubles bundled up in institutional landscapes and, indeed, with the very idea and practice of institutions themselves.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parr, Professor Hester and Philo, Professor Christopher
Authors: Philo, C., and Parr, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Area
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0004-0894
ISSN (Online):1475-4762
Published Online:05 February 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
First Published:First published in Area 51(2):241-248
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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