MURAL - Maynooth University Research Archive Library

    Geographies of authority

    Brigstocke, Julian and Bresnihan, Patrick and Dawney, Leila and Millner, Naomi (2021) Geographies of authority. Progress in Human Geography, 45 (6). pp. 1356-1378. ISSN 0309-1325

    Download (657kB) | Preview

    Share your research

    Twitter Facebook LinkedIn GooglePlus Email more...

    Add this article to your Mendeley library


    We propose a geography that pluralizes the sites, practices and politics of authority. We defend an approach that tracks less perceptible forms of authority emerging through everyday micropolitics and experimental practices. In contrast to dominant definitions of authority as institutionalized legitimate power, we define authority as a relation of guidance emerging from recognition of inequalities in access to truth, experience or objectivity. Analysing four intersecting areas of authority (algorithmic, experiential, expert and participatory authority), we propose analyses grounded in political aesthetics that trace authority’s affective force, and its role in disclosing and contesting the common.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Brigstocke, J., Bresnihan, P., Dawney, L. & Millner, N. 2021, "Geographies of authority", Progress in human geography, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 1356-1378.
    Keywords: aesthetics; common; experiential authority; expertise; judgement; participation; power;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 17642
    Identification Number:
    Depositing User: Patrick Bresnihan
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 10:37
    Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Human Geography
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

    Repository Staff Only(login required)

    View Item Item control page


    Downloads per month over past year

    Origin of downloads