Radical geographer doubles up on sexuality paper, earns retraction
Radical geography journal Antipode has retracted a paper on sexuality and geography after discovering that author Martin Zebracki published an almost identical article in a Dutch magazine on which he served as a member of the editorial board.
Here’s the retraction notice for “Right to Space: Moving Towards Sexual Citizenship Beyond the Nation State”:
The above article, published online on 19th April 2013 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the author, Antipode Foundation Ltd, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The retraction has been agreed due to unattributed prior publication of a substantially similar version of this article in Dutch in Agora, Volume 29, Number 1, 2013 (“Recht op ruimte” by Martin Zebracki & Valerie De Craene).
Here’s the introduction from the Antipode article, published online in April 2013 (emphasis added):
Irrespective of sexual preference, all humans viscerally desire – and deserve – the right to space. Sexuality can be considered a socio-historical foundation of humankind, as acknowledged by enlightening scholars like Foucault and Elias. Since the cultural turn in the 1980s, structural inequalities in terms of class, sex, gender, sexuality and social power have become pivotal to geographical enquiry. In the 1990s, many geographers began to focus on the crossroads of sexuality and space, inspired primarily by queer theory (see Bell and Valentine 1995; Browne et al., 2007; De Lauretis 1991; Johnston and Longhurst 2010; Oswin 2008; Taylor et al., 20011). Queer theory particularly criticizes conventional public planning and policy that, from a heteronormative faculty of thought, orders and classifies space based on the family as mainstay of society, where sexuality belongs not on the street but, so to speak, in the bedroom.
And here, as translated by Google, is the introduction from “Recht op ruimte,” a Dutch-language article published in a 2013 issue of Agora, a Dutch magazine. Zebracki was on the editorial board of Agora from 2005-2013.
It’s not just the philosopher Michel Foucault and the sociologist Norbert Elias who recognize sexuality as a historical-social foundation. Since ancient times, sexuality is inseparable from the society away. Moreover, it always been interest in science, though geographers themselves relatively late start mixing. Seksualiteitsde in the debate From the cultural turn in the eighties structural inequalities in terms of class, gender, sexuality and social power were more central position in geographical research. Teresa de Lauretis’ queer theory in 1990 left many Western European geographers inspired by the intersection of sexuality and space, which conceptually begun to tap into a highly multidisciplinary keg.
‘Queer’ has a double meaning here. It is an academic approach to structural inequalities in sexuality. Lauretis argued that social bulk looking through a (mandatory) heterosexual glasses to reality. This queer gets his second meaning: the otherness, what does it say in this case non-heterosexual-be. Queer Theory criticizes include city planners who simply divide the space based on the family as the cornerstone of society, where sexuality in the bedroom and off street belongs.
The notice first went online in December 2013. The paper does not appear to have been cited yet.