1st Edition

Non-Representational Theory Space, Politics, Affect

By Nigel Thrift Copyright 2007
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    This astonishing book presents a distinctive approach to the politics of everyday life. Ranging across a variety of spaces in which politics and the political unfold, it questions what is meant by perception, representation and practice, with the aim of valuing the fugitive practices that exist on the margins of the known. It revolves around three key functions. It:

    • introduces the rather dispersed discussion of non-representational theory to a wider audience
    • provides the basis for an experimental rather than a representational approach to the social sciences and humanities
    • begins the task of constructing a different kind of political genre.

    A groundbreaking and comprehensive introduction to this key topic, Thrift’s outstanding work brings together further writings from a body of work that has come to be known as non-representational theory. This noteworthy book makes a significant contribution to the literature in this area and is essential reading for researchers and postgraduates in the fields of social theory, sociology, geography, anthropology and cultural studies.

    1. Life, but not as we Know it  Part 1:  2. Re-Inventing Invention: New Tendencies in Capitalist Commodification  3. Still Life in Nearly Present Time: The Object of Nature  4. Driving and the City  5. Movement-Space: The Changing Domain of Thinking Resulting from the Development of New Kinds of Spatial Awareness  Part 2:  6. Afterwords  Part Three:  7. From Born to Made: Technology, Biology, and Space  8. Spatialities of Feeling  9. But Malice Aforethought  10. Turbulent Passions: Towards an Understanding of the Affective Spaces of Political Performance


    Nigel Thrift, Professor at the University of Warwick, is also Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited more than 35 books and over 200 journal articles. His research includes work on international finance, new forms of capitalism, cities, social and cultural theory, and the history of time

    'This is a richly textured book, alert to the criticisms intellectualists will bring against it and encouraging us to broaden the horizons in which we think, act and combine.' - William E. Connolly,  Johns Hopkins University, USA