Space and Power: Politics, War and Architecture / Edition 1

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Paul Hirst was one was one of the most original thinkers of his generation. This book is being published post-humously after his tragic death in 2003. Written with verve and lucidity, it is a scholarly account of the various ways in which space is configured by power, and in which space becomes a resource for power. Erudite and exciting, the book combines new and old theory in an imaginative, yet pragmatic, way. It is typical of Hirst's ability to make inspiriational leaps across theoretical and disciplinary boundaries, critically combining insights from social theory, politics, history and geography.

This is an important, forward-looking book that will influence academic debate for many years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A challenging, accessible and extremely thought-provoking volumewhich raises a plethora of critical questions about the future ofspace and power that ought to cause geographers to questiontoo-comfortable theoretical suppositions."
British Journal of Sociology

"There is much within its impressive content that I believe canbe of interest to group analysts. This book is steeped inhistorical appreciation and detail."
Group Analysis

"Space and Power is a compelling and often witty critiqueof 'the end of geography' thesis, and a searching examination ofthe contemporary relevance of the work of Febvre and Vidal de laBlache. An important book by a truly first-rate thinker."
Stuart Corbridge, London School of Economics and PoliticalScience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745634562
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Hirst was formerly Professor of Social Theory, Affiliated to Birkbeck College, University of London

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Preface by Grahame Thompson.


Part I.

1. Space and Power: Architecture, Politics and War.

2. Cities, Globalization and Governance.

3. Politics and Territory.

Part II.

4. The Spatial Dimensions of Power.

5. The Frontier, Conquest and Settlement.

6. War, Environment and Technology.

7. Information, Space and War.

Part III.

8. Foucault and Architecture.

9. The Defence of Places: Fortification as Architecture.

10. The Defence of Places: From Sieges to Silos.



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