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Geographies of Power. Placing Scale. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5227498
  • Book
  • September 2002
  • 328 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
At a time when references to things ‘global' have gained more currency than ever, this book explores the nexus of power and space behind the politics of geographical scale.
  • Explores the nexus of power and space behind the rescaling of contemporary social, economic and political life.
  • Organized into three sections on theorizing scale, the discourses and rhetorics of scale, and scales of activism.
  • Will stimulate discussion about how conceptions and visions of scale inform all aspects of social life.
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List of Figures.

List of Contributors.


Placing Scale: An Introduction. (Andrew Herod and Melissa W. Wright).

Part I: Theorizing Scale.

Introduction: Theorizing Scale. (Andrew Herod and Melissa W. Wright).

1. Beyond Global vs. Local: Economic Politics Outside the Binary Frame. (J. K. Gibson-Graham).

2. The Urban as an Object of Study in Global Cities Literatures: Representational Practices and Conceptions of Place and Scale. (Eugene J. McCann).

3. “Globalization,” the “Regulation Approach,” and the Politics of Scale. (Kevin Cox).

4. Retheorizing the Scale of Globalization: Topologies, Actor-Networks, and Cosmopolitanism. (Alan Latham).

Part II: Rhetoric of Scale.

Introduction: Rhetoric of Scale. (Andrew Herod and Melissa W. Wright).

5. “Adventure Travel for the Mind’’: Analyzing the United States Virtual Trade Mission’s Promotion of Globalization through Discourse and Corporate Media Strategies. (Ken Hillis, Michael Petit, and Altha J. Cravey).

6. Popular Culture, Academic Discourse, and the Incongruities of Scale. (Andrew Kirby).

7. Maintaining National Identity at the Border: Scale, Masculinity, and the Policing of Immigration in Southern California. (Susan P. Mains).

Part III: Scales of Praxis.

Introduction: Scales of Praxis. (Andrew Herod and Melissa W. Wright).

8. Contested Landscapes of Labor: Rival Unionism in the Farm Implements Industry. (Jeff Crump).

9. The Politics of Environmental Justice as the Politics of Scale: St. James Parish, Louisiana and the Shintech Siting Controversy. (Hilda Kurtz).

10. Networks, Governance, and the Politics of Scale: Inter-Urban Networks and the European Union. (Helga Leitner, Claire Pavlik, and Eric Sheppard).


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Andrew Herod University of Georgia.

Melissa W. Wright Pennsylvania State University.
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