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Placing Critical Geography
Historical Geographies of Critical Geography

ISBN 9781409431428
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
342 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the multiple histories of critical geography as it developed in 14 different locations around the globe, whilst bringing together a range of approaches in critical geography.

It is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive account of a wide variety of historical geographies of critical geography from around the world. Accordingly, the chapters provide accounts of the development of critical approaches in geography from beyond the hegemonic Anglo-American metropoles. Bringing together geographers from a wide range of regional and intellectual milieus, this volume provides a critical overview that is international and illustrates the interactions (or lack thereof) between different critical geographers, working across a range of spaces. The chapters provide a more nuanced history of critical geography, suggesting that while there were sometimes strong connections with Anglo-American critical geography, there were also deeply independent developments that were part of the construction of very different kinds of critical geography in different parts of the world.

Placing Critical Geographies provides an excellent companion to existing histories of critical geography and will be important reading for researchers as well as undergraduate and graduate students of the history and philosophy of geography.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Placing Critical Geographies
Lawrence Berg, Ulrich Best, Mary Gilmartin and Henrik Gutzon Larsen

Chapter 2. The Evolution of Palestinian Critical Geography in Palestine and Beyond
Ghazi-Walid Falah and Nadia Abu-Zahra

Chapter 3. Social Change and the (Re)radicalization of Geography in South Africa
Brij Maharaj and Maano Ramutsindela

Chapter 4. USA and Anglo-Canada
Linda Peake and Eric Sheppard

Chapter 5. Latin American Critical Geographies
Blanca Ramírez, Gustavo Montañez and Perla Zusman

Chapter 6. Critical Geographies in Japan: A Diverse History of Critical Inquiry
Koji Nakashima, Tamami Fukuda and Takeshi Haraguchi

Chapter 7. Chinese Critical Geography: a Non-dualistic, Co-relativity informed Spatial Story
Wing-Shing Tang

Chapter 8. Francophone Critical Geography
Rodolphe De Koninck and Michel Bruneau

Chapter 9. Better Late than Never? Critical Geography in German-speaking Countries
Bernd Belina, Ulrich Best, Matthias Naumann and Anke Strüver

Chapter 10. Presence and Absence: Ireland and Critical Geographies
Mary Gilmartin

Chapter 11. Italian Critical Geographies: a Historical Perspective
Elena dell’Agnese, Claudio Minca, Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg

Chapter 12. Moments of Renewal: Critical Conversions of Nordic samhällsgeografi
Ari Lehtinen and Kirsten Simonsen

Chapter 13. Critical Approaches and the Practice of Geography in Spain
Abel Albet and Maria-Dolors Garcia-Ramon

Chapter 14. The United Kingdom
Kye Askins, Kerry Burton, Jo Norcup, Joe Painter and James D. Sidaway

Chapter 15. Placing Critical Geographies: Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
Robyn Dowling, Richard Howitt and Robyn Longhurst


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Lawrence D. Berg is Professor of Critical Geography at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His research focuses on neoliberalism and the cultural politics of academic knowledge production He is co-founder of ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

Ulrich Best is based at a federal research institute in Germany, where he works on labour conditions and workers’ health and safety. He has published on borders, migration, urban exclusion and racism and on the history of critical geography in Germany.

Mary Gilmartin is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her research focusses on contemporary migration and mobilities.

Henrik Gutzon Larsen teaches Human Geography at Lund University. His research addresses urban geography and housing, political geography and history of geographical thought.