Postmodern Geographies

The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory

Author: Edward W. Soja

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1844676692

Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

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Seeking Spatial Justice

Author: Edward W. Soja

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452915289

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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In 1996, the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, a grassroots advocacy organization, won a historic legal victory against the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. The resulting consent decree forced the MTA for a period of ten years to essentially reorient the mass transit system to better serve the city’s poorest residents. A stunning reversal of conventional governance and planning in urban America, which almost always favors wealthier residents, this decision is also, for renowned urban theorist Edward W. Soja, a concrete example of spatial justice in action. In Seeking Spatial Justice, Soja argues that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources, services, and access is a basic human right. Building on current concerns in critical geography and the new spatial consciousness, Soja interweaves theory and practice, offering new ways of understanding and changing the unjust geographies in which we live. After tracing the evolution of spatial justice and the closely related notion of the right to the city in the influential work of Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, and others, he demonstrates how these ideas are now being applied through a series of case studies in Los Angeles, the city at the forefront of this movement. Soja focuses on such innovative labor–community coalitions as Justice for Janitors, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and the Right to the City Alliance; on struggles for rent control and environmental justice; and on the role that faculty and students in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning have played in both developing the theory of spatial justice and putting it into practice. Effectively locating spatial justice as a theoretical concept, a mode of empirical analysis, and a strategy for social and political action, this book makes a significant contribution to the contemporary debates about justice, space, and the city.
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Space, Place and Gender

Author: Doreen Massey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745667759

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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This new book brings together Doreen Massey's key writings on three areas central to a range of disciplines. In addition, the author reflects on the development of these ideas and outlines her current position on these important issues. The book is organized around the three themes of space, place and gender. It traces the development of ideas about the social nature of space and place and the relation of both to issues of gender and debates within feminism. It is debates in these areas which have been crucial in bringing geography to the centre of social sciences thinking in recent years, and this book includes writings that have been fundamental to that process. Beginning with the economy and social structures of production, it develops a wider notion of spatiality as the product of intersecting social relations. In turn this has lead to conceptions of 'place' as essentially open and hybrid, always provisional and contested. These themes intersect with much current thinking about identity within both feminism and cultural studies. Each of the themes is preceded by a section which reflects on the development of ideas and sets out the context of their production. The introduction assesses the current state of play and argues for the close relationship of new thinking on each of these themes. This book will be of interest to students in geography, social theory, women's studies and cultural studies.
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Postmetropolis

Critical Studies of Cities and Regions

Author: Edward W. Soja

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781577180012

Category: Social Science

Page: 462

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This completes Ed Soja's trilogy on urban studies, which began with Postmodern Geographies and continued with Thirdspace. It is the first comprehensive text in the growing field of critical urban studies to deal with the dramatically restructured megacities that have emerged world-wide over the last half of the twentieth-century.
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Radical Thinkers

Author: Verso Books,Etienne Balibar,Jeremy Bentham,Guy Debord,Fredric Jameson,Sebastiano Timpanaro,Immanuel Wallerstein

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844676781

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 2686

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This shrinkwrapped set contains twelve Verso Radical Thinkers volumes at a discounted price: Machiavelli and Us by Louis Althusser Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities by Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein Passwords by Jean Baudrillard The Panopticon Writings by Jeremy Bentham Comments on the Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes) by Hal Foster Critique of Economic Reason by Andre Gorz Brecht and Method by Fredric Jameson The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde by Peter Osborne Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory by Edward W. Soja Freudian Slip: Psychoanalysis and Textual Criticism by Sebastiano Timpanaro Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left by Slavoj Zizek, Ernesto Laclau, and Judith Butler
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Thirdspace

Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places

Author: Edward W. Soja

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781557866752

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Contemporary critical studies have recently experienced a significant spatial turn. In what may eventually be seen as one of the most important intellectual and political developments in the late twentieth century, scholars have begun to interpret space and the embracing spatiality of human life with the same critical insight and emphasis that has traditionally been given to time and history on the one hand, and social relations and society on the other. Thirdspace is both an enquiry into the origins and impact of the spatial turn and an attempt to expand the scope and practical relevance of how we think about space and such related concepts as place, location, landscape, architecture, environment, home, city, region, territory, and geography. The book's central argument is that spatial thinking, or what has been called the geographical or spatial imagination, has tended to be bicameral, or confined to two approaches. Spatiality is either seen as concrete material forms to be mapped, analyzed, and explained; or as mental constructs, ideas about and representations of space and its social significance. Edward Soja critically re-evaluates this dualism to create an alternative approach, one that comprehends both the material and mental dimensions of spatiality but also extends beyond them to new and different modes of spatial thinking. Thirdspace is composed as a sequence of intellectual and empirical journeys, beginning with a spatial biography of Henri Lefebvre and his adventurous conceptualization of social space as simultaneously perceived, conceived, and lived. The author draws on Lefebvre to describe a trialectics of spatiality that threads though all subsequent journeys, reappearing in many new forms in bell hooks evocative exploration of the margins as a space of radical openness; in post-modern spatial feminist interpretations of the interplay of race, class, and gender; in the postcolonial critique and the new cultural politics of difference and identity; in Michel Foucault's heterotopologies and trialectics of space, knowledge, and power; and in interpretative tours of the Citadel of downtown Los Angeles, the Exopolis of Orange County, and the Centrum of Amsterdam.
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Key Theological Thinkers

From Modern to Postmodern

Author: Svein Rise

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317109260

Category: Religion

Page: 800

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The 20th and 21st Centuries have been characterized by theologians and philosophers rethinking theology and revitalizing the tradition. This unique anthology presents contributions from leading contemporary theologians - including Rowan Williams, Fergus Kerr, Aidan Nichols, G.R. Evans and Tracey Rowland - who offer portraits of over fifty key theological thinkers in the modern and postmodern era. Distinguished by its broad ecumenical perspective, this anthology spans arguably one of the most creative periods in the history of Christian theology and includes thinkers from all three Christian traditions: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox. Each individual portrait in this anthology includes a biographical introduction, an overview of theological or philosophical writing, presentation of key thoughts, and contextual placing of the thinker within 20th Century religious discourse. Overview articles explore postmodern theology, radical orthodoxy, ecumenical theology, feminist theology, and liberation theology. A final section includes portraits of important thinkers who have influenced Christian thought from other fields, not least from Continental philosophy and literature.
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Space, the City and Social Theory

Social Relations and Urban Forms

Author: Fran Tonkiss

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745628264

Category: Political Science

Page: 170

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Space, the City and Social Theory offers a clear and critical account of key approaches to cities and urban space within social theory and analysis. It explores the relation of the social and the spatial in the context of critical urban themes: community and anonymity; social difference and spatial divisions; politics and public space; gentrification and urban renewal; gender and sexuality; subjectivity and space; experience and everyday practice in the city. The text adopts an international and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of debates on cities and urban life. It brings together classic perspectives in urban sociology and social theory with the analysis of contemporary urban problems and issues. Rather than viewing the urban simply as a backdrop for more general social processes, the discussion looks at how social and spatial relations shape different versions of the city: as a place of social interaction and of solitude; as a site of difference and segregation; as a space of politics and power; as a landscape of economic and cultural distinction; as a realm of everyday experience and freedom. Similarly, it examines how core social categories - such as class, culture, gender, sexuality and community - are shaped and reproduced in urban contexts. Linking debates in urban studies to wider concerns within social theory and analysis, this accessible text will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students in urban sociology, social and cultural geography, urban and cultural studies.
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Capital and Its Discontents

Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult

Author: Sasha Lilley

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 160486334X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 279

View: 352

Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists of the Left - including Noam Chomsky, David Harvey, Tariq Ali, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch and Ellen Meiksins Wood - Capital and Its Discontents illuminates the dynamic contradictions undermining capitalism and the subsequent potential for its dethroning. Groundbreaking and pertinent, Capital and Its Discontents is destined to become a classic within its field.
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New State Spaces

Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood

Author: Neil Brenner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199270058

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 351

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Simultaneously analysing the restructuring of urban governance and the transformation of national states under globalising capitalism, 'New State Spaces' is a mature analysis of broad interdisciplinary interest.
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Read My Desire

Lacan Against the Historicists

Author: Joan Copjec

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781688885

Category: Philosophy

Page: 284

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In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern discourses - psychoanalysis and historicism. Ordinarily, these discourses only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on the offensive. Refusing to cede historicity to the historicists, Copjec makes a case for the superiority of Lacan's explanation of historical process, its generative principles, and its complex functionings. Her goal is to inspire a new kind of cultural critique, one that would be "literate in desire, " that would be able to read what is inarticulable in cultural statements.
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Edge of Empire

Postcolonialism and the City

Author: Jane M. Jacobs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134810857

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Edge of Empire examines struggles over urban space in three contemporary first world cities in an attempt to map the real geographies of colonialism and postcolonialism as manifest in modern society. From London, the one-time heart of the empire, to Perth and Brisbane, scenes of Aboriginal claims for the sacred in the space of the modern city, Jacobs emphasises the global geography of the local and unravels the spatialised cultural politics of postcolonial processes. Edge of Empire forms the basis for understanding imperialism over space and time, and is a recognition of the unruly spatial politics of race and nation, nature and culture, past and present.
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Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

Author: David Harvey

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1844678822

Category: Political Science

Page: 187

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Explores cities as the origin of revolutionary politics, where social and political issues are always at the surface, using examples from such cities as New York City and Mumbai to examine how they can be better ecologically reorganized.
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Marxism in the Postmodern Age

Confronting the New World Order

Author: Antonio Callari,Stephen Cullenberg,Carole Biewener

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9780898624243

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 560

View: 5468

Diverse Marxian intellectual cultures are having important effects on political struggles over the subjects of history and knowledge, international law, television, the state, democratic theories and institutions, bodies, sexuality, masculinity, environmentalism, postmodernism, labor, the meanings of the end of the USSR, children, archaeology, the meanings of Columbus, cartography, the North American economy, welfare, NAFTA, the Gulf War, higher education, and the many other topics discussed by the contributors to this important volume. These essays show readers how Marxism's continuing vitality derives from its profound allegiance to diverse struggles for social justice. At this moment we need progressive imaginaries alternative to the tired and ineffectual ones that have left us with enormous challenges and compelling questions on every aspect of contemporary social relations. Here, well-known thinkers are joined by important new voices in exploring fruitful directions for vision, analysis, and political action. This is without question the best collection of mediations so far on postorthodox Marxian tendencies in contemporary global cultures.
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The Urban Revolution

Author: Henri Lefebvre

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816641604

Category: Political Science

Page: 196

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Originally published in 1970, The Urban Revolution marked Henri Lefebvre’s first sustained critique of urban society, a work in which he pioneered the use of semiotic, structuralist, and poststructuralist methodologies in analyzing the development of the urban environment. Although it is widely considered a foundational book in contemporary thinking about the city, The Urban Revolution has never been translated into English—until now. This first English edition, deftly translated by Robert Bononno, makes available to a broad audience Lefebvre’s sophisticated insights into the urban dimensions of modern life.Lefebvre begins with the premise that the total urbanization of society is an inevitable process that demands of its critics new interpretive and perceptual approaches that recognize the urban as a complex field of inquiry. Dismissive of cold, modernist visions of the city, particularly those embodied by rationalist architects and urban planners like Le Corbusier, Lefebvre instead articulates the lived experiences of individual inhabitants of the city. In contrast to the ideology of urbanism and its reliance on commodification and bureaucratization—the capitalist logic of market and state—Lefebvre conceives of an urban utopia characterized by self-determination, individual creativity, and authentic social relationships.A brilliantly conceived and theoretically rigorous investigation into the realities and possibilities of urban space, The Urban Revolution remains an essential analysis of and guide to the nature of the city.Henri Lefebvre (d. 1991) was one of the most significant European thinkers of the twentieth century. His many books include The Production of Space (1991), Everyday Life in the Modern World (1994), Introduction to Modernity (1995), and Writings on Cities (1995).Robert Bononno is a full-time translator who lives in New York. His recent translations include The Singular Objects of Architecture by Jean Baudrillard and Jean Nouvel (Minnesota, 2002) and Cyberculture by Pierre Lévy (Minnesota, 2001).
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Negotiating Postmodernism

Author: Wayne Gabardi

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816630004

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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For Space

Author: Doreen Massey

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412903622

Category: Science

Page: 222

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Questioning the implicit assumptions that we make about space, this text considers conventional notions of social science, as well as demonstrating how a vigorous understanding of space can impact on political consequences.
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Screened Out

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859846605

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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'Watching the president's Christmas message produces this necropolar, white-mass sensation. Seeing the video broadcast of the Christmas service in the cathedral itself, with these pathetic screens and the young worshippers slumped around them here and there, you tell yourself that God and religion deserved better. Deserved to die, yes, but not this. However, watching the presidential figure and his sonorous inanity, you tell yourself that here at least you got what you deserved. Chirac is useless – that goes without saying – but so are we all ... Uselessness of this kind has no origin: it exists immediately, reciprocally; like a shared secret, you savour it implicitly – with its warm bitterness – particularly in these cold snaps, as the very essence of the social bond. Sanctioned by that other interactive uselessness – the uselessness of the screen.' World-renowned for his lively and often iconoclastic reading of contemporary culture and thought, Jean Baudrillard here turns his hand to topical political debates and issues. In this stimulating collection of journalistic essays Baudrillard addresses subjects ranging from those already established as his trademark (virtual reality, Disney, television) to more unusual topics such as the Western intervention in Bosnia, children's rights, Holocaust revisionism, AIDS, the Rushdie fatwa, Formula One racing, mad cow disease, genetic cloning, and the uselessness of Chirac. These are coruscating and intriguing articles, not least because they show that Baudrillard is – pace his critics – still susceptible and alert to influences from social movements and the world beyond the hyperreal.
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Poststructuralist Geographies

The Diabolical Art of Spatial Science

Author: Marcus A. Doel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847698196

Category: Social Science

Page: 229

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This ambitious and original work is the first sustained attempt to integrate poststructuralist thought with critical human geography. Marcus Doel's goal is to refound spatial science as a discipline integrated with the social and natural sciences -- replete with human attributes of value, meaning, feeling, fearing, and creating -- and shaped by the "diabolical arts" of thinkers such as Deleuze, Guattari, Baudrillard, Derrida, and Lyotard. The author draws out the inherent spatiality at the heart of postmodern and poststructuralist perspectives, fashioning a provocative account of the fundamental difference that space, place, context, and milieu make to how we understand and engage with the world. The book's goal of reshaping the nature and practice of geography will interest all critical geographers, and its ambitious theoretical agenda will make it essential reading across cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.
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Questions of Travel

Postmodern Discourses of Displacement

Author: Caren Kaplan

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822382040

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Contemporary theory is replete with metaphors of travel—displacement, diaspora, borders, exile, migration, nomadism, homelessness, and tourism to name a few. In Questions of Travel, Caren Kaplan explores the various metaphoric uses of travel and displacement in literary and feminist theory, traces the political implications of this “traveling theory,” and shows how various discourses of displacement link, rather than separate, modernism and postmodernism. Addressing a wide range of writers, including Paul Fussell, Edward Said, James Clifford, Gilles Deleuze, Jean Baudrillard, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Soja, Doreen Massey, Chandra Mohanty, and Adrienne Rich, Kaplan demonstrates that symbols and metaphors of travel are used in ways that obscure key differences of power between nationalities, classes, races, and genders. Neither rejecting nor dismissing the powerful testimony of individual experiences of modern exile or displacement, Kaplan asks how mystified metaphors of travel might be avoided. With a focus on theory’s colonial discourses, she reveals how these metaphors continue to operate in the seemingly liberatory critical zones of poststructuralism and feminist theory. The book concludes with a critique of the politics of location as a form of essentialist identity politics and calls for new feminist geographies of place and displacement.
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