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Questions of agency: capacity, subjectivity, spatiality and temporality

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posted on 15.01.2018 by Sarah Holloway, Louise Holt, Sarah Mills
Geographies of Children, Youth and Families is flourishing, but its founding conceptions require critical reflection. This paper considers one key conceptual orthodoxy: the notion that children are competent social actors. In a field founded upon liberal notions of agency, we identify a conceptual elision between the benefits of studying agency and the beneficial nature of agency. Embracing post-structuralist feminist challenges, we propose a politically-progressive conceptual framework centred on embodied human agency which emerges within power. We contend this can be achieved though intensive/extensive analyses of space, and a focus on biosocial beings and becomings within dynamic notions of individual/intergenerational time.

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This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ES/L009315/1; RES-062-23-1073-A; RES-000-22-4095).

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Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Progress in Human Geography

Volume

43

Issue

3

Pages

458-477

Citation

HOLLOWAY, S.L., HOLT, L. and MILLS, S., 2018. Questions of agency: capacity, subjectivity, spatiality and temporality. Progress in Human Geography, 43 (3), pp.458-477.

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SAGE Publications (© the Author)

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21/12/2017

Publication date

2018-04-08

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1477-0288

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en

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