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Doreen Massey has transformed contemporary understandings of space, place and politics. This book critically interrogates her ground-breaking contributions to geography and to political debate. Former graduate students, colleagues, geographers and other social scientists, join together with artists, political figures and activists to engage with her ideas. These specially commissioned essays take their inspiration from her style of rigorous theorizing animated by political ...

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Spatial Politics: Essays For Doreen Massey

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Overview

Doreen Massey has transformed contemporary understandings of space, place and politics. This book critically interrogates her ground-breaking contributions to geography and to political debate. Former graduate students, colleagues, geographers and other social scientists, join together with artists, political figures and activists to engage with her ideas. These specially commissioned essays take their inspiration from her style of rigorous theorizing animated by political engagement.

Doreen Massey’s geography has always been informed by her involvement with the international women’s movement, socialist experiments in Venezuela and Nicaragua and the Greater London Council of the 1980s, then at the height of its rearguard action against Thatcherite neoliberalism. This landmark text offers a comprehensive overview of her work to date, a series of political and scholarly reflections upon it, and a set of directions for the further development of her ideas. Through serious reflection on Doreen Massey’s contributions the book provides intellectual tools and resources for re-shaping our geographical and political futures.

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“[This is] a collection of articles not on Doreen Massey’s work, but rather on how different scholars and activists, many of them Massey’s colleagues and friends, have developed their own ideas informed by hers … Gathering together a bunch of colleagues, activists, artists and political figures, each contributor offers an overview of how their main concerns relate to, or have benefited from, Massey’s concepts. For the scope and significance of her ideas seem to have been enormous; just think of the very different disciplines that have benefited from her spatial vision (take only the ones present in the book: political science, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, even the arts, not to mention the practice of politics itself) … Here we have a group of scholars … taking Massey’s work in new and exciting directions, and we have eighteen excellent examples of how to do it.” (Antipode , 1 September 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118278833
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/5/2012
  • Series: RGS-IBG Book Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Featherstone is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow, UK. He studied with Doreen Massey for a PhD at the Open University in the late 1990s. His research focuses on transnational social movements and on the relations between space and politics. He is the author of Resistance Space and Political Identities: The Making of Counter-Global Networks (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism (2012).

Joe Painter is Professor of Geography at Durham University, UK. He also gained his PhD with Doreen Massey at the Open University, a decade earlier than his co-editor. The author (with Alex Jeffrey) of Political Geography: An Introduction to Space and Power (2009), his current research focuses on the prosaic geographies of the state.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Foreword xiv

Series Editors' Preface xix

Acknowledgements xx

Introduction: 'There is no point of departure': The Many Trajectories of Doreen Massey 1
David Featherstone and Joe Painter

Part One: Space, Politics and Radical Democracy 19

1 Space, Hegemony and Radical Critique 21
Chantal Mouffe

2 Theorising Context 32
Lawrence Grossberg

3 Power-Geometry as Philosophy of Space 44
Arun Saldanha

4 Spatial Relations and Human Relations 56
Michael Rustin

5 Space, Democracy and Difference: For a Post-colonial Perspective 70
David Slater

Part Two: Regions, Labour and Uneven Development 85

6 Spatial Divisions and Regional Assemblages 87
Allan Cochrane

7 Making Space for Labour 99
Jamie Peck

8 The Political Challenge of Relational Territory 115
Elena dell'Agnese

Interlude: Your Gravitational Now 125
Olafur Eliasson

Part Three: Reconceptualising Place 133

9 Place and Politics 135
Jane Wills

10 A Global Sense of Place and Multi-territoriality: Notes for Dialogue from a 'Peripheral' Point of View 146
Rogério Haesbaert

11 A Massey Muse 158
Wendy Harcourt, Alice Brooke Wilson, Arturo Escobar and Dianne Rocheleau

12 A Physical Sense of World 178
Steve Hinchliffe

Part Four: Political Trajectories 189

13 Working with Doreen Downunder: Antipodean Trajectories 191
Sophie Bond and Sara Kindon

14 Doreen Massey: The Light Dances on the Water 204
Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift

15 Place, Space and Solidarity in Global Justice Networks 213
Andrew Cumbers and Paul Routledge

16 The Socialist Transformation of Venezuela: The Geographical Dimension of Political Strategy 224
Ricardo Menéndez

17 Place Beyond Place and the Politics of 'Empowerment' 235
Hilary Wainwright

18 'Stories So Far': A Conversation with Doreen Massey 253
Edited by David Featherstone, Sophie Bond and Joe Painter

References 267

Index 289

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