Archeology of Exclusion: Counter-Mapping Sites of Exclusion and Oppression in the Administrative State Using GIS
ESTEBAN LEONARDO SANTIS
PAQ, Vol. 42 No. 2, (2018)
As public administration continues to explore geographic information systems (GIS), the field needs to take critical GIS seriously. Herein, I demonstrate that critical GIS can help public administration scholars and practitioners counter-map sites of oppression and exclusion, which has important implications for a socially just administrative state. This study begins with a theoretical discussion about the role of exclusion and oppression in the administrative state by way of Agambenâ€™s (1998; 2004) state of exception, Kristevaâ€™s (1982) abjection, and Quijanoâ€™s (1992; 2000) coloniality of power thesis. Thereafter, I look at exclusion and oppression in praxis, followed by a case study that examines the shooting of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on the evening of February 26, 2012. Here, counter-maps show a stark juxtaposition of concentrated affluence and disadvantage in Sanford; which points to a series of inequalities that quite possibly empowered George Zimmermanâ€™s decision to abject Trayvon Martin.
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