Strange Places

Strange Places

by Alexandra Kogl
     
 

Strange Places: The Political Potentials and Perils of Everyday Spaces offers a conceptual framework for thinking politically about place and space in an era in which globalization seems to be destabilizing places and transforming spaces at an unprecedented rate and scale. Responding critically to the tendencies within contemporary political theory to dismiss

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Strange Places: The Political Potentials and Perils of Everyday Spaces offers a conceptual framework for thinking politically about place and space in an era in which globalization seems to be destabilizing places and transforming spaces at an unprecedented rate and scale. Responding critically to the tendencies within contemporary political theory to dismiss places as inherently confining spaces, author Alexandra Kogl explores the roles that places play in supporting a democratic politics of efficacy and resistance. Using concrete examples and cases, this interdisciplinary work is accessible to a broad scholarly audience, including political theory, urban affairs, geography and sociology scholars.

Editorial Reviews

Leonard Feldman
In wide-ranging and engaging prose, Kogl demonstrates how place matters in democratic politics. Strange Places calls into question critical and celebratory accounts of globalization’s inexorable logic of homogenization (in the process calling into question critical and celebratory accounts of “place” as that fixed or reactionary island that is flooded by globalization’s overwhelming flow). Strange Places makes a convincing case for the local, shorn of nostalgic communitarian trappings. Offering nuanced interpretations and illuminating case studies, it is an excellent example of interdisciplinary work anchored in political theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739114759
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
0.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Kogl is assistant professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa.

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