2 comments on “Dis-placement

  1. Thanks for the post Derek. It’s got me thinking. Interesting what you say about the lack of geography work on diaplacement and place—something particularly striking given the wealth of work on “dispossession” of various sorts.

    One thing that has always struck me about working on these issues in Colombia, which tends to top these sorts of IDP lists, is how displacement and being (forcibly) absent from place often paradoxically generates a much stronger sense of place, a longing and a romanticization–and in many cases these feelings become springboards for reclamation. (Did E. Said talk about any of this in his stuff on Exile?) The same dynamic seems at work in many contexts. Donald Moore’s book Suffering for Territory comes to mind as one source that has considered these dynamics in depth.

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