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Undoing mastery: With ambivalence?

Linz, Jess; Secor, Anna J.

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Jess Linz


In this commentary, we respond to Derek Ruez and Daniel Cockayne’s article ‘Feeling Otherwise: Ambivalent Affects and the Politics of Critique in Geography’. We do so by picking up ambivalence—or more precisely, ambivalence about ambivalence—as a tool with which Ruez and Cockayne leave us. We find this tool somewhat difficult to grasp, but we understand this as part of its design. Ambivalence undoes the subject’s mastery. In doing so, we find that an airing of ambivalence gives other kinds of entangled, indeterminate, and unknowing relations room to breathe.


Linz, J., & Secor, A. J. (2021). Undoing mastery: With ambivalence?. Dialogues in Human Geography, 11(1), 108-111.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 8, 2021
Publication Date Mar 1, 2021
Deposit Date Nov 15, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2021
Journal Dialogues in Human Geography
Print ISSN 2043-8206
Electronic ISSN 2043-8214
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 108-111


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