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Landscapes operate to naturalize an unjust world

January 17, 2012

“Landscapes… operate to naturalize an unjust world, to internalize a dominant group’s perception of place. Landscape is both representation and reality, both symbol and form, both image and actual lived conditions.  The representation of landscape – the ideal that seeks to naturalize power relations – confronts the reality of the material world in specific places. Competing groups continually contest the dominant morphology and symbolism, thereby reshaping the social and physical space. Landscapes become the materialized discourse of different social interests, so they are always a compromise, a continual process and product of struggle to provide meaning in the world.”

Ref: 663 John Harner (2001) ‘Place Identity and Copper Mining in Sonora, Mexico’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91(4) Dec; 660-680

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