Postmodern Geography: Theory and Praxis / Edition 1

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This edited collection brings together some of the most authoritative voices in contemporary debates in geography: Michael Dear, Giuseppe Dematteis, Franco Farinelli, Cindy Katz, Don Mitchell, Gunnar Olsson, Neil Smith and Edward Soja to address the question of 'praxis' within broader discussions of the postmodern in geography.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A fine collection documenting the twists and turns of the debates on postmodernism in geography and urban studies. False god or saviour? You will find both views here. You will also find many fascinating intellectual moments - and not a little controversy." Professor Nigel Thrift, University of Bristol

"This impressive anthology brings together the warring factions of American geographical theory - Marxism versus Postmodernism. Key figures of the Italian geographical tradition contribute a bold initiative to move geographical debates into line with current scientific standards. Their work, rarely available in English, is a 'must read' for those concerned with the representation of global flows and with cartographic practice." Professor Rob Shields, Carleton University

"What is perhaps genuinely new about the book is its introduction of a number of Italian geographers' 'takes' on the topic, including Giuseppe Dematteis, Franco Farinelli, Vincenzo Guarrasi and Claudio Minca." Eric Laurier, University of Glasgow, Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 26

Twelve essays consider the implications of postmodernism for the study of geography. Their discussions center on the current restructuring of urban space, the process of globalization, and critiques of cartographic logic. Specific essays address the marginalization of homeless people, privatization, landscapes, myth, and commodification. The role of geography and geographers is debated throughout. Contributors include geographers and scholars of history, politics, economics, and urban planning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631225591
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudio Minca is Associate Professor in Political and Economic Geography at the University of Venice and teaches an annual course on "Postmodern Cities and Spaces" at Venice International University. He has written widely on geographical representations and the postmodern turn in geography and is the author of Spazi Effimeri (1996) and the editor of Introduzione alla Geografia Postmoderna (2001).

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Table of Contents

Preface. (Claudio Minca).

1. The Post Modern Turn. (Michael Dear).

Part I: Cities.

2. Exploring the Postmetropolis. (Edward W. Soja).

3. Postmodern Geographical Praxis? Postmodern Impulse and the War against Homeless People in the "Post-Justice" City. (Don Mitchell).

4. Hiding the Target: Social Reproduction in the Privatized Urban Environment. (Cindi Katz).

Part II: Scales.

5. Shifting Cities. (Giuseppe Dematteis).

6. Adventures of a Barong: A Worm's-Eye View of Global Formation. (Steven Flusty).

7. Rescaling Politics: Geography, Globalism and the New Urbanism. (Neil Smith).

Part III: Mappings.

8. Millenial Geographics. (Denis Cosgrove and Luciana De Lima Martins).

9. Postmodern Temptations. (Claudio Minca).

10. Paradoxes of Modern and Postmodern Geography: Heterotopia of Landscape and Cartographic Logic. (Vincenzo Guarrasi).

11. Mapping the Global, or the Metaquantum Economics of Myth. (Franco Farinelli) 12. Washed in a Washing Machineā„¢. (Gunnar Olsson).

Afterword. (Edward W. Soja).


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