Mobilizing Place, Placing Mobility: The Politics of Representation in a Globalized World

Mobilizing Place, Placing Mobility: The Politics of Representation in a Globalized World

by Brill
     
 

What role does ‘place’ have in a world marked by increased mobility on a global scale? What strategies are there for representing ‘place’ in the age of globalization? What is the relationship between ‘place’ and the varied mobilities of migrancy, tourism, travel and nomadism?
These are some of the questions that run through

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What role does ‘place’ have in a world marked by increased mobility on a global scale? What strategies are there for representing ‘place’ in the age of globalization? What is the relationship between ‘place’ and the varied mobilities of migrancy, tourism, travel and nomadism?
These are some of the questions that run through the ten essays in this collection. The combined effect of these essays is to participate in the contemporary project of subjecting the links between place, mobility, identity, representation and practice to critical interdisciplinary scrutiny. Such notions are not the property of particular disciplines. In the era of globalization, transnationalism and readily acknowledged cultural hybridity these links are more important than ever. They are important because of the taken-for-grantedness of: the universal impact of globalization; the receding importance of place and the centrality of mobile identities. This taken-for-grantedness masks the ways place continues to be important and ways in which mobility is differentiated by race, gender, ethnicity, nationality and many other social markers. This book is a concerted attempt to stop taking for granted these themes of the age. Material discussed in the essays include the creation of cultural routes in Europe, the video’s of Fiona Tan, artistic and literary representations of the North African desert, the production of indigenous videos in Mexico, mobile forms of ethnography, the film Existenz, Jamaica Kincaid’s writing on gardens, the video representation of sex tourism and ways of imagining the global.
Authors include: Tim Cresswell, Ginette Verstraete, Ernst van Alphen, Ursula Biemann, Laurel C. Smith, Nick Couldry, Isabel Hoving, Renée van de Vall, Inge E. Boer and Kevin Hetherington.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789042011441
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race Series
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Cresswell is a senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is the author of In Place/Out of Place: Geography Ideology and Transgression (University of Minnesota Press, 1996) and The Tramp in America (Reaktion Books, 2001). He is co-editor (with Deborah Dixon) of Engaging Film (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).
Ginette Verstraete is professor in Contemporary Intellectual History at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of Fragments of the Feminine Sublime in Friedrich Schlegel and James Joyce (SUNY Press, 1998) and is completing a book on Tracking Communities: Travel, Technology and the Politics of Location. She has co-edited (in Dutch) volumes on cultural studies, on mobility and on globalization.

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