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Reanimating Places

A Geography of Rhythms, 1st Edition

Edited by Tom Mels


280 pages

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Time-space relationships are central to human geography. This book seeks to reanimate time-space, by considering the links between lived experience, various temporalities and particular places in terms of compounded and contested rhythms. Time-space rhythms emphasize the practical, symbolic, everyday and embodied qualities in the experience and making of our geographical environment. Bringing together a team of renowned geographers who have been exploring such ideas over the past decades, this book provides a unique and varied set of geographical approximations to the reanimation of place, nature and landscape, revealing a complex, disputed world of politics, sensory experiences and representations of space-time. Including case studies from Europe and North America, the book addresses some important issues, ranging from the symbolic orchestrations of landscape to deeply personal memories of particular natural rhythms.


’Through the idea of ’’rhythm’’, Anne Buttimer provided a tool for associating space and time, landscape and history : places were reanimated, as exemplified by the 13 cases introduced by Tom Mels.’ Professor Paul Claval, Université de Paris, Sorbonne, France ’…in addition to being a welcome contribution to wider geographical engagements with temporality, for this reader the book served as [a] useful reminder of intellectual traditions that have sometimes been under-acknowledged within culturally inflected human geography…’ Cultural Geographies ’…[offers] an array of both historical and contemporary case studies that work in concert and yet at the same time offer great enough diversity that the individual studies may stand alone as well…Reanimating Places provides ample evidence that renewed interest in time-space rhythms will provide new insight into cultural geographers’ engagement with place.’ Journal of Cultural Geography

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Lineages of a geography of rhythms, Tom Mels. Reanimating Place and Displacement: Sense of place: its relationship to self and time, Yi-Fu Tuan; The stranger's lifeworld: the Chinese diaspora and immigrant entrepreneurs in Canada, David Ley; Softly heaves the glassy sea: nature's rhythms in an era of displacement, Edmunds Bunkse; Rhythms and identity in Boyne Valley landscapes, Gerry O'Reilly. Reanimating Urban Lifeworlds: Temporality and the rhythms of sustainable landscapes, Edward Relph; Grasping the dynamism of urban place: contributions from the work of Christopher Alexander, Bill Hillier, and Daniel Kemmis, David Seamon; Rent rhythm in the flamenco of urban change, Eric Clark; Time-space rhythms and everyday urban life, Ann-Cathrine Ã…quist. Reanimating Embodied Landscapes: Place and identity: the life of Marie de L'Incarnation (1599-1672), Anne Godlewska; Placing the holy, Gunnar Olsson; Masquing and dancing the theatre of state: the 'invention' of Britain as a landscaped body politic, Kenneth R. Olwig; Heritage landscapes, geographical imaginations and material cultures: tracing Ulster's past, Nuala C. Johnson. Reanimating Geographies: Place-making and time, Robert David Sack; Index.

About the Editor

Dr Tom Mels is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kalmar University, Sweden.

About the Series

Re-materialising Cultural Geography

Re-materialising Cultural Geography
Nearly 25 years have elapsed since Peter Jackson’s seminal call to integrate cultural geography back into the heart of social geography. During this time, a wealth of research has been published which has improved our understanding of how culture both plays a part in, and in turn, is shaped by social relations based on class, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, age, sexuality and so on. In spite of the achievements of this mountain of scholarship, the task of grounding culture in its proper social contexts remains in its infancy. This series therefore seeks to promote the continued significance of exploring the dialectical relations which exist between culture, social relations and space and place. Its overall aim is to make a contribution to the consolidation, development and promotion of the ongoing project of re-materialising cultural geography.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography