International Development Planning Review

Shit, shit, every where (or: notes on the difficulties of classifying shits)

International Development Planning Review (2020), 42, (3), 295–313.


This article is an experiment. Here I wrestle to retell and redescribe my experience of working and studying water and sanitation and, while I am doing that, I grow a form of reflexivity that interrupts and gives me a break, in that it makes me realise that my experiences and the knowledge that I have gathered are naturalised through classifications, those which register objects and their existences as well as their consequences. That is why the design of this paper becomes important – including this abstract – since the ways in which knowledge is delivered are part of the knowledge itself; and since, once it is identified, categorised, classed and known, it is often the case that it is taken for granted and thus it requires more efforts to revert the after-the-fact situation. Hence this paper is designed in such a way to achieve a specific objective, that is, to grow a sense of doubt and not-knowing.

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Prabaharyaka, Indrawan