Material geographies and postcolonialism
Abstract or Description
In much of her writing, Spivak alludes to the significance of the unlearning of privilege as loss. In terms of educational opportunity, citizenship and location within the international division of labour most academics are privileged. Privileges, whatever they might be in terms of race, class, nationality, gender, and so on, may have prevented us from gaining access to other knowledges, not simply information we have not yet received, but the knowledge that we are not equipped to understand by reason of our social positions. Spivak’s “unlearning” of privilege involves working hard to gain knowledge of others who occupy those spaces most closed to our privileged view and attempting to speak to those others in a way that they might take us seriously and be able to answer back.
|knowledge is power?|