Textures of Place: Exploring Humanist Geographies / Edition 1

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Overview

A fresh and far-ranging interpretation of the concept of place, this volume begins with a fundamental tension of our day: as communications technologies help create a truly global economy, the very political-economic processes that would seem to homogenize place actually increase the importance of individual localities, which are exposed to global flows of investment, population, goods, and pollution. Place, no less today than in the past, is fundamental to how the world works.

The contributors to this volume-distinguished scholars from geography, art history, philosophy, anthropology, and American and English literature-investigate the ways in which place is embedded in everyday experience, its crucial role in the formation of group and individual identity, and its ability to reflect and reinforce power relations. Their essays draw from a wide array of methodologies and perspectives-including feminism, ethnography, poststructuralism, ecocriticism, and landscape iconography-to examine themes as diverse as morality and imagination, attention and absence, personal and group identity, social structure, home, nature, and cosmos.

Contributors: Anne Buttimer, U College Dublin; Edward S. Casey, SUNY Stony Brook; Denis Cosgrove, UCLA; Tim Cresswell, U of Wales, Aberystwyth; Michael Curry, UCLA; Dydia DeLyser, Louisiana State U; James S. Duncan, U of Cambridge; Nancy G. Duncan, U of Cambridge; J. Nicholas Entrikin, UCLA; William Howarth, Princeton U; John Paul Jones III, U of Kentucky; David Ley, U of British Columbia; David Lowenthal, U College London; Karal Ann Marling, U of Minnesota; Patrick McGreevy, Clarion U; Kenneth R. Olwig, U of Trondheim, Norway; Marijane Osborn, UC Davis; Gillian R. Overing, Wake Forest U; Edward Relph, U of Toronto; Miles Richardson, Louisiana State U; Robert D. Sack, U of Wisconsin, Madison; Jonathan M. Smith, Texas A&M U; Yi-Fu Tuan, U of Wisconsin, Madison; April R. Veness, U of Delaware; and Wilbur Zelinsky, Pennsylvania State U.

Paul C. Adams is assistant professor of geography at Texas A & M University. Steven Hoelscher is assistant professor of American studies and geography at the University of Texas, Austin. Karen E. Till is assistant professor of geography at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816637577
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 461
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Place in Context: Rethinking Humanist Geographies
Pt. I Landscapes of Dominance and Affection
Introduction: Landscapes of Dominance and Affection 3
Fantasies in Dark Places: The Cultural Geography of the American Movie Palace 8
When Less is More: Absence and Landscape in a California Ghost Town 24
Sense of Place as a Positional Good: Locating Bedford in Space and Time 41
Reading the Wetlands 55
Making a Pet of Nature 84
Landscape as a Contested Topos of Place, Community, and Self 93
Pt. II Segmented Worlds and Selves
Introduction: Segmented Worlds and Selves 121
The World and its Identity Crisis 129
The Critical Description of Confused Geographies 150
Making Up the Tramp: Toward a Critical Geosophy 167
Peripatetic Imagery and Peripatetic Sense of Place 186
The Fragmented Individual and the Academic Realm 207
Pt. III Moralities and Imagination
Introduction: Moralities and Imagination 223
Place, Power, and the Good 232
Attending to the Void: Geography and Madness 246
The Gift of Presence: The Act of Leaving Artifacts at Shrines, Memorials, and Other Tragedies 257
Reimagining National Identity: "Chapters of Life" at the German Historical Museum in Berlin 273
Moral Maps and Moral Places in the Work of Francis Parkman 300
Pt. IV Cosmos Versus Hearth
Introduction: Cosmos versus Hearth 319
Geography's Cosmos: The Dream and the Whole Round Earth 326
Bone-Crones have no Hearth: Some Women in the Medieval Wilderness 340
But it's (not) Supposed to Feel Like Home: Constructing the Cosmopolitan Hearth 355
Conversing Diversity: Provincial Cosmopolitanism and America's Multicultural Heritage 375
Body, Self, and Landscape: A Geophilosophical Inquiry into the Place-World 403
Geographer as Humanist 426
Contributors 441
Index 447
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