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Overview

This book offers a unique assessment of the current state and future directions of human geography, exploring the developments and themes that have put the discipline at the heart of a number of important debates.

Human Geography - with its concern for space, place and nature - has over recent years moved to the center of much theoretical debate in the social sciences and humanities. Moreover, the exchange has been two-way - human geography has itself increasingly welcomed the importation of work from other areas of academe. This book takes up the promise and challenge of this new-found prominence and openness and explores the future for the discipline.

Human Geography Today brings together a range of internationally recognized authors, all of whom have explored this new interface, and each of whom here proposes future directions for their part of the discipline. The book considers the increasingly challenged dichotomy between the social and the natural, the meaning and significance of the geographical imagination, the increasing prominence of debates over difference and identity and their relationship to spatiality, the imperative of recognizing the thoroughly mutual constitution of spatiality and power, and - after all - how we might in these changing times most productively re-imagine space and place themselves.

This book will be invaluable for students and academics in human geography, social theory, cultural studies, and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745621890
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/15/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Doreen Massey, Department of Social Sciences, The Open University

Senior Lecturer John Allen, Department of Social Sciences, The Open University

Senior Lecturer Phil Sarre, Department of Social Sciences, The Open University

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. I The 'Nature' of Human Geography 1
1 Issues and Debates 3
2 Hybrid Geographies: Rethinking the 'Human' in Human Geography 22
Pt. II Imaginative Geographies 41
Introduction 43
3 Imagined Geographies: Geographical Knowledges of Self and Other in Everyday Life 47
4 Situating Geopolitical Representations: Inside/Outside and the Power of Imperial Interventions 62
5 Collective Wish Images: Geographical Imaginaries and the Crisis of National Development 85
Pt. III Geography and Difference 109
Introduction 111
6 Creating Geographies of Difference 115
7 The Cultural Politics of Difference 129
8 Geographies of Identity and Difference: Marking Boundaries 151
Pt. IV Spatialities of Power 169
Introduction 171
9 The New Geopolitics of Power 173
10 Spatial Assemblages of Power: From Domination to Empowerment 194
11 Popular and State Discourses of Power 219
Pt. V Rethinking Space and Place 243
Introduction 245
12 Performing Space 247
13 Thirdspace: Expanding the Scope of the Geographical Imagination 260
14 Spaces of Politics 279
15 Steps to an Ecology of Place 295
Afterword: Open Geographies 323
Index 329
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