Two feminist geographers are encouraging their colleagues to be more mindful about citing the research of white males because doing so contributes to â€œthe reproduction of white heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship.â€
Writing in â€œGender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography,â€ Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne argue that considering an authorâ€™s gender, race or sexuality prior to citation can be an effective â€œfeminist and anti-racist technology of resistance that demonstrates engagement with those authors and voices we want to carry forward.â€
The authors point out that whether an academicâ€™s research is cited by his peers has significant implications for promotion, tenure and influence. Therefore, to cite only white men â€œdoes a disservice to researchers and writers who are othered by white heteromasculinism.â€
The authors define â€œwhite heteromasculinismâ€ as â€œan intersectional system of oppression describing on-going processes that bolster the status of those who are white, male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, and cisgendered.â€
Academics should practice â€œconscientious engagementâ€ when citing research, the feminists assert, â€œas a way to self-consciously draw attention to those whose work is being reproduced.â€
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16 Jul 2017