The debate on modernity and postmodernity has awakened interest in the importance of the spatial for cultural formations. But what of those spaces that exist as much in the imagination as in physical reality? This book attempts to develop an alternative geography and sociology of space by examining `places on the margin'.
`This groundbreaking study will interest those committed to keeping abreast of current social theory. The case studies are good too!' - Choice
`Rob Shields' coverage of the theoretical debates is right up to date and the four case studies provide a fascinating application and illumination of the issues which he is addressing.' - Peter Saunders, Sussex University
`Shields offers us an imaginative critique of the existing literature, a vast bibliography, and four beautifully crafted case studies which begin at last to explore empirically that most difficult of theoretical terrains, the reciprocal relations between the social and the spatial.' - Environment and Planning
`What separates Shield's work from much of the other recent work in this field is exactly what he aimed to achieve - its emphasis on the importance of space in the development and formation of perceptions, myths and collective representations.' - Urban Studies
The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.
Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.