My dinner with derrida, or spatial analysis and poststructuralism do lunch

D. P. Dixon, J. P. Jones

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This paper extends our previous efforts to (delineate contemporary divisions between poststructuralist and spatial analytic, or scientific, approaches in geography. We adopt the format of a dialogue between a hypothetical spatial analyst (SA) and a poststructuralist (PS). Their exchange covers, among other items, the differing stances of these approaches to epistemology, ontology, research questions and methods, and the concept of 'context'. We also further develop the concept of the 'epistemology of the grid', which we define as the spatialization of categorical thought. We link this epistemology to two others, Cartesian perspectivalism and ocularcentrism, arguing that their realization in social practice is generative of social order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheory and Methods
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Essays in Human Geography
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315236285
ISBN (Print)9780754627098
StatePublished - May 15 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'My dinner with derrida, or spatial analysis and poststructuralism do lunch'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this