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Heikki Sirviö (2019). Nurjailu maantieteen toisinajattelun juurena. Terra 131: 4, 195-208.

Nurjailu maantieteen toisinajattelun juurena

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Author: Sirviö, Heikki1
Organizations: 1Maantieteen tutkimusyksikkö, Oulun yliopisto
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: Finnish
Published: Suomen maantieteellinen seura, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-03-09


What is radical geography here? What can it mean in the context of "Finland", understood as a political project of state formation, language and culture? Interpreted in a context-sensitive way, radical geography cannot be merely an attempt to import ideas from the anglophone geography. Instead, it must be able to address locally relevant questions and by doing so to introduce a unique perspective on/of radical geography. In this paper, I draw on philosopher Pauli Pylkkö who has questioned the political and cultural project of the Finnish state formation as European colonisation, arguing that this process has been detrimental to nature–society-relationship lived through language. At the core of the colonisation has been the introduction of the western universalistic, objectifying and subjectifying metaphysics, which in turn have enabled the projects of centralised political power and capitalist exploitation of nature. Pylkkö questions the translatability of language and cultural practice, the universal validity of technoscience and the modern subject by exploring the possibilities of asubjective experience and preconceptual dialectic that enable the non-European language speakers to reassess their relationship with local language, tradition and nature. I explore the possibilities of this provocative re-interpretation for radical geography and relate it to geographical research on indigenous and local-traditional cultures, as well as degrowth and diverse economies.

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Series: Terra
ISSN: 0040-3741
ISSN-L: 0040-3741
Volume: 131
Issue: 4
Pages: 195 - 208
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: Haluan kiittää Jenny ja Antti Wihurin rahastoa kirjoitustyöni mahdollistaneesta rahoituksesta.
Copyright information: © 2019 Heikki Sirviö ja Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura.