Peripheralisation: A Politics of Place, Affect, Perception and Representation
© 2017 The Authors. Sociologia Ruralis © 2017 European Society for Rural Sociology.
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Recently scholars have started to consider the persistence of peripheries in relation to how they are 5 represented by others outside of the region. Drawing on Foucauldian knowledge/power processes 6 and forms of ‘internal colonialism’, powerful core regions construct and reconstruct knowledge about 7 peripheries as a weaker ‘other’. However this denies agency to passive, peripheral ‘victims’, 8 compromising their capacity to contest their peripherality. We challenge this using Deleuze and 9 Guattari’s assemblages and the concepts of affect and perception to develop a conceptualisation of 10 power which allows agency to weaker entities. This enables us to develop better tools for improving 11 peripheral development. We use an innovative Public Engagement research method and a case 12 study of Cornwall in the South West of the UK to consider an alternative model with regards to how 13 ideas become accepted and adopted. We claim that analyses of the relationships between core and 14 peripheral regions need to understand the complex cultural assemblages behind regional identities, 15 because this helps us to explore the sites of possibility which offer space for development.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Wiley via the DOI in this record.
Accepted manuscript online: 25 January 2017