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What Harriet Tubman and John Brown can teach us about abolishing ‘White men’

January 8, 2020

Heynen, N. (2020). What Harriet Tubman and John Brown can teach us about abolishing ‘White men’. Dialogues in Human Geography.

Abstract
This commentary argues that one path toward Natalie Oswin’s ‘An Other Geography’ is through abolishing the institution of ‘White men’. Like other oppressive institutions, ‘White men’ have produced epistemic violence that has shaped and structured the discipline of geography in uneven and unjust ways. This essay is an effort to show appreciation and gratitude, and to stand in solidarity, with Oswin’s prophetic vision of ‘an other geography’. I mobilize the linked biographies of Harriet Tubman and John Brown as an entry point given how little we have yet worked to understand abolitionist history for thinking through the many ways we can work to transform geography.

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