Methodological reflections on geographies of blackness

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This article argues that work on geographies of Blackness and Black Geographies emphasizes different aspects of Black experiences and relies on different methodologies in making these emphases. I focus on the work of six prominent geographers who engage with questions of Blackness and examine the different data sources they draw on. I show that they all employ a multi-method, interdisciplinary approach in their scholarship and that all of them, regardless of emphasis or method, foreground the experiences of black populations. I argue that this collective multi-method approach pushes the conceptual boundaries of the wider discipline of Geography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1021
Number of pages19
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021

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Funding Information:
The author would like to thank Chris Courtheyn for constructive and helpful feedback during initial drafts of this article; Madelaine Cahuas for critical insights on later iterations of the article; three anonymous reviewers for help in clarifying the article's main arguments; and Nina Laurie for supportive editorial guidance throughout. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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  • Black Geographies
  • Black Studies
  • geographies of blackness
  • methodologies
  • methods


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