1st Edition

Making Place, Making Self
Travel, Subjectivity and Sexual Difference

ISBN 9780754639299
Published November 28, 2005 by Routledge
184 Pages

USD $180.00

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Book Description

Making Place, Making Self explores new understandings of place and place-making in late modernity, covering key themes of place and space, tourism and mobility, sexual difference and subjectivity. Using a series of individual life stories, it develops a fascinating polyvocal account of leisure and life journeys. These stories focus on journeys made to the North Cape in Norway, the most northern point of mainland Europe, which is both a tourist destination and an evocation of a reliable and secure point of reference, an idea that gives meaning to an individual's life. The theoretical core of the book draws on an inter-weaving of post-Lacanian versions of feminist psycho-analytical thinking with phenomenological and existential thinking, where place-making is linked with self-making and homecoming. By combining such ground-breaking theory with her innovative use of case studies, Inger Birkeland here provides a major contribution to the fields of cultural geography, tourism and feminist studies.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The journey to knowledge: place-openness; Tourism, subjectivity and self: the North Cape; Tourism and the transformation of everyday life; Travel, masculinity and femininity; Travel as rite de passage; The North as epiphany; Estrangement, fluidity and femininity; Femininity and open space; Travelling internal and external worlds; A feminine aesthetics of travel; The dawning of the midnight sun; Making place, making self: choragraphy; Bibliography; Index.

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Inger Birkeland is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Bergen, Norway.


’This truly innovative study, with its focus on sexual difference, breaks new ground in several fields: tourism studies, feminist geography and cultural geography among them. Birkeland’s exposition of place in the feminine through a number of individuals’ life stories is both impressive and inspiring. It deserves the widest readership.'’ Professor Gillian Rose, The Open University, UK 'This book is an engaging study of travel in Norway with Nordkapp, Europe's northern most point, as the focus.' European Spatial Research and Policy