Place. A Short Introduction. Short Introductions to Geography

  • ID: 2246334
  • Book
  • 168 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Place is one of the most fundamental concepts in human geography. This short introduction marries familiar everyday uses of the term with the more complex theoretical debates that have grown up around it.

This text makes debates about intelligible to students, using illustrations from the news, popular culture, and everyday life as a way into more abstract ideas. It traces the development of the concept of place from the 1950s through its subsequent appropriation by cultural geography and the linking of place to politics. Substantial parts of exemplary papers by Doreen Massey and David Harvey are included as a focus for discussion, and the author also considers empirical examples of ways in which the concept of place has been mobilised in research.

Teaching and learning aids include an annotated bibliography, lists of key readings and texts, a survey of web resources, and suggestions for pedagogical resources and student projects.

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List of Figures ix

Series Editors′ Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Introduction: Defining Place 1

Space and Place 8

Place and Landscape 10

Place as a Way of Understanding 11

The Remainder of the Book 12

2 The Genealogy of Place 15

Regional Geography 16

Discovering Place: Humanistic Geography 18

Place as Home 24

Radical Human Geography and the Politics of Place 26

Place as ′Being–in–the–World′ versus Place as Social Construct 29

Place, Practice and Process 33

Place, Openness and Change 39

The End of Place? 43

Conclusion: Versions of Place 49

3 Reading ′A Global Sense of Place′ 53

Historial Context 53

Harvey on Place 55

A Global Sense of Place 63

Beyond Reactionary and Progressive Senses of Place 75

Conclusions 79

4 Working with Place 81

Creating Places 82

In Place/Out–of–Place: Anachorism 102

Conclusions 122

5 Place Resources 125

Key Books on Place 125

Key papers on Place 130

Introductory Texts on Place 132

Other Books and Papers on Place 132

Other Approaches to Place: Ecology, Planning, Architecture 134

Key Journals 136

Web Resources 138

Student Projects and Exercises 139

Bibliography 145

Index 151

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