Cindi Katz, ‘Towards Minor Theory’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 14 (4) 487 – 499.
Abstract. In this essay I develop the notion of ‘minor theory’ following the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari on Kaka’s ‘minor literature’ as a way of reconfiguring the production of knowledge in geography. I will explore the politics of producing theory that is, for example, interstitial with empirical research and social location; of scholarship that self-reflexively inter polates the theories and practices of everyday historical subjects — including, but not restricted to, scholars; and of work that reworks marginality by decomposing the major. I will discuss the ways that by consciously refusing ‘mastery’ in both the academy and its research practices, ‘minor’ research strives to change theory and practice simultaneously, and I will suggest that these practices can be conjoined with the critical and transformative concerns of Marxism, feminism, antiracism, and queer theory to pry apart conventional geographies and produce renegade cartographies of change. (Source: http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=d140487)