Geographies of identity: Climate change, governmentality and activism

Robyn Dowling*

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The possibilities for, and impediments to, progressive social transformation have underpinned many strands of research in human geography. In this, the last of my series of reports on geographies of identity, I tour through the ways in which identities are figuring in geographical explorations of potentials for 'alternative' political futures beyond those of current hegemonies. In particular, I draw attention to the diverse scholarship on identity and subject formation that focuses on the practices of development professionals, ethical consumption activities, and climate change activism, among others. Highlighting the growing salience of governmentality as a perspective through which to comprehend identity, the report canvasses: the intensification of economic logics as a rubric of subject formation; the role of food and consumption in both opening up and closing down new political subjectivities; and the identities produced and required to address the challenges of climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-495
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Climate change
  • Consumer
  • Food activism
  • Governmentality
  • Identity
  • Neoliberalism


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