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Spatial Politics. Essays For Doreen Massey. RGS–IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2249139
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  • 328 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Doreen Massey has transformed contemporary understandings of space, place and politics. This book critically interrogates her ground–breaking contributions to geography and to political debate. Former graduate students, colleagues, geographers and other social scientists, join together with artists, political figures and activists to engage with her ideas. These specially commissioned essays take their inspiration from her style of rigorous theorizing animated by political engagement.

Doreen Massey s geography has always been informed by her involvement with the international women s movement, socialist experiments in Venezuela and Nicaragua and the Greater London Council of the 1980s, then at the height of its rearguard action against Thatcherite neoliberalism. This landmark text offers a comprehensive overview of her work to date, a series of political and scholarly reflections upon it, and a set of directions for the further development of her ideas. Through serious reflection on Doreen Massey s contributions the book provides intellectual tools and resources for re–shaping our geographical and political futures.

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List of Figures viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Foreword xiv

Series Editors′ Preface xix

Acknowledgements xx

Introduction: ′There is no point of departure′: The Many Trajectories of Doreen Massey 1David Featherstone and Joe Painter

Part One: Space, Politics and Radical Democracy 19

1 Space, Hegemony and Radical Critique 21Chantal Mouffe

2 Theorising Context 32Lawrence Grossberg

3 Power–Geometry as Philosophy of Space 44Arun Saldanha

4 Spatial Relations and Human Relations 56Michael Rustin

5 Space, Democracy and Difference: For a Post–colonial Perspective 70David Slater

Part Two: Regions, Labour and Uneven Development 85

6 Spatial Divisions and Regional Assemblages 87Allan Cochrane

7 Making Space for Labour 99Jamie Peck

8 The Political Challenge of Relational Territory 115Elena dell′Agnese

Interlude: Your Gravitational Now 125Olafur Eliasson

Part Three: Reconceptualising Place 133

9 Place and Politics 135Jane Wills

10 A Global Sense of Place and Multi–territoriality: Notes for Dialogue from a ′Peripheral′ Point of View 146Rogério Haesbaert

11 A Massey Muse 158Wendy Harcourt, Alice Brooke Wilson, Arturo Escobar and Dianne Rocheleau

12 A Physical Sense of World 178Steve Hinchliffe

Part Four: Political Trajectories 189

13 Working with Doreen Downunder: Antipodean Trajectories 191Sophie Bond and Sara Kindon

14 Doreen Massey: The Light Dances on the Water 204Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift

15 Place, Space and Solidarity in Global Justice Networks 213Andrew Cumbers and Paul Routledge

16 The Socialist Transformation of Venezuela: The Geographical Dimension of Political Strategy 224Ricardo Menéndez

17 Place Beyond Place and the Politics of ′Empowerment′ 235Hilary Wainwright

18 ′Stories So Far′: A Conversation with Doreen Massey 253Edited by David Featherstone, Sophie Bond and Joe Painter

References 267

Index 289

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[This is] a collection of articles not on Doreen Massey s work, but rather on how different scholars and activists, many of them Massey s colleagues and friends, have developed their own ideas informed by hers Gathering together a bunch of colleagues, activists, artists and political figures, each contributor offers an overview of how their main concerns relate to, or have benefited from, Massey s concepts. For the scope and significance of her ideas seem to have been enormous; just think of the very different disciplines that have benefited from her spatial vision (take only the ones present in the book: political science, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, even the arts, not to mention the practice of politics itself) Here we have a group of scholars taking Massey s work in new and exciting directions, and we have eighteen excellent examples of how to do it. (Antipode , 1 September 2013)

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