While often eluding the attention of the everyman, ‘space’ has been a longstanding concern of geographers (and of great interest to scholars from many other parts of the academy). ‘Space’ has been variously treated as absolute, relative, and relational; as a container or backdrop; as a social, aesthetic, and material construct or production; as marked by geographies of power and social difference; as an experiential or perceptual realm; as represented and not representable; as topographical and topological; and as fixed and in constant flux.
Now, this new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Geography series provides the first authoritative reference work to enable users to make sense of space and spatiality in geography, and in related disciplines. Edited by Peter Merriman, a prominent cultural geographer and author of Mobility, Space and Culture (Routledge 2012), Space is a four-volume collection of classic and cutting-edge contributions.
The gathered works in Volume I explicate the philosophical and scientific foundations of contemporary thinking about space and spatiality, while the second volume examines the production of social, economic, and political spaces—tracing, for example, the emergence of social space in sociology and geography; Marxist writings on the socio-political production of capitalist spaces; studies of the spatialities of power; and different approaches to the emergence and constitution of spatial structures, networks, and relations. Volume III brings together important pieces on inhabitation, dwelling, and spaces of embodiment, identity, and difference.
The final volume in the collection focuses on the vibrant and dynamic spatialities of the world, including poststructuralist examinations of how space is practised, performed, and in process; literature on the vibrant materiality, hybridity, and technological production of spaces; and a selection of major works which explore the cultural representation and articulation of spaces.
With comprehensive introductions which situate the assembled materials in their historical and intellectual context, Space is an essential reference work for scholars and students concerned with the intersection of theories of space and place with questions of culture, politics, society, economics, power, identity, difference, and materiality.
Space: Critical Concepts in Geography
Edited by Peter Merriman
Volume I: Foundational Texts
Introduction - ‘Space’: Outlining a Key Concept, by Peter Merriman
Part 1: Modern Foundations
Part 2: Geographical Interpretations, Advancements, and Translations
Volume II: Productions: Socialities, Politics, Structures
Part 3: Social Space
Part 4: Politics, Power, and Capitalist Spatialities
Part 5: Contexts and Structures
Part 6: Networks, Spheres, Relations
Volume III: Inhabiting: Bodies, Subjects and Positions
Part 7: Phenomenological and Existential Spatialities
Part 8: Spaces of the Body, Subject and Psyche
Part 9: Feminism, Queer Theory and Other Spaces
Volume IV: Vibrant Spaces: Process, Materiality, Creativity
Part 10: Post-Structuralism, Language and Spatial Practices
Part 11: Materiality, Technology and Space
Part 12: Creative Movements and Aesthetic Practices
Critical Concepts in Geography is a series in Routledge’s Major Works publishing programme.
Designed to meet research, reference, and teaching needs across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Major Works gather together the best and most influential work on particular concepts, subjects, and individuals. The collections assemble previously published articles from a variety of journals, excerpts or chapters from previously published books, and materials from other sources which together provide users with historical purchase on the concept, subject, or individual in question, as well as a thorough overview of current issues.