The craft of scalar practices.
Environment and Planning A, 42 (2).
Despite recent controversies over the ontological status of scale,
geographers have continued to interrogate so-called 'scalar practices'. But not
enough has been said about the skill involved in making these practices
successful. Geographers have overlooked the potential for thinking through the
craft of scalar practices. I therefore introduce 'scalecraft', a concept which builds
upon existing work and is intended to draw attention to and elaborate upon the
skills, aptitudes, and experiences at issue in working with scale. A relatively
diverse set of secondary materials selected from recent academic literature is used
first to demonstrate how scalar practices entail failures, learning, complex
machinations, and innovations. I then use materials from my own research in
South Africa into white farmers' practices which fashion an organic scale of
action amidst a space-time of uncertainty and insecurity.
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