Introduction: The Geographies of Social Movements
The introduction outlines the geographies of social movement approach that the book takes. It begins by narrating the author’s first experience of traveling in the Pacific lowlands and how he came to think about the environment in terms of the “aquatic space.” An assemblage approach following Deleuze is proposed to conceptualize the entanglements of humans and landscapes. A key informant of the book, the traditional healer and midwife Doña Celia Lucumí Caicedo, and her entanglements with the aquatic space are introduced. These empirical considerations are fed into theoretical reflections on place and social movement research, including recent attempts at theorizing sociospatial relations and their shortcomings. The introduction ends by elaborating on the critical place perspective as an approach to the study of social movements.