The People, Place, and Space Reader brings together the writings of scholars, designers, and activists from a variety of fields to make sense of the makings and meanings of the world we inhabit. They help us to understand the relationships between people and the environment at all scales, and to consider the active roles individuals, groups, and social structures play in creating the environments in which people live, work, and play. These readings highlight the ways in which space and place are produced through large- and small-scale social, political, and economic practices, and offer new ways to think about how people engage the environment in multiple and diverse ways.
Providing an essential resource for students of urban studies, geography, sociology and many other areas, this book brings together important but, till now, widely dispersed writings across many inter-related disciplines. Introductions from the editors precede each section; introducing the texts, demonstrating their significance, and outlining the key issues surrounding the topic. A companion website, PeoplePlaceSpace.org, extends the work even further by providing an on-going series of additional reading lists that cover issues ranging from food security to foreclosure, psychiatric spaces to the environments of predator animals.
Table of Contents
Section 1 – Diverse Conceptions of People, Place, and Space Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “Constructing Differences in Public Spaces: Race, Class and Gender as Interlocking Systems”  Susan Ruddick “Spacetime and the World”  David Harvey “Psychological Ecology”  Kurt Lewin “Junkspace”  Rem Koolhaas “One Place after Another: Notes on Site Specificity”  Miwon Kwon “Spatializing Culture”  Setha Low Section 2 – Human Perception and Environmental Experience Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “Psychological Maps of Paris”  Stanley Milgram and Denise Jodelet “The City Image and Its Elements”  Kevin Lynch "The Theory of Affordances" 
James J. Gibson “Personal Space: The Behavioral Basis for Design”  Robert Sommer “Theory of the Derive” and "Preliminary Problems in Constructing a Situation"  Guy Debord Section 3 – Place and Identity Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “Place-Identity: Physical World Socialization of the Self”  Harold Proshansky, Abbe Fabian, and Robert Kaminoff “Urban Landscape History: The Sense of Place and the Politics of Space”  Dolores Hayden “The Idea of Chinatown: The Power of Place and Institutional Practice in the Making of a Racial Category”  Kay Anderson “The Brandon Archive”  Judith Jack Halberstam “The Poor Little Rich Man”  Adolf Loos “Migration, Material Culture and Tragedy: Four Moments in Caribbean Migration”  Daniel Miller Section 4 – Power, Subjectivity, and Space Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “Tall Storeys”  Kim Dovey “Desire and the Prosthetics of Supervision: A Case of Maquiladora Flexibility”  Melissa Wright "Mothers Reclaiming Their Children"  Ruth Wilson Gilmore “The Social Becomes the Spatial, the Spatial Becomes the Social: Enclosures, Social Change and the Becoming of Places in the Swedish Province of Skåne”  Allan Pred “Software-sorted Geographies”  Stephen D.N. Graham “The Habitus and the Space of Life-style”  Pierre Bourdieu Section 5 – Meanings of Home Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings "Domesticity"  Witold Rybczynski “Disability, Embodiment and the Meaning of the Home”  Rob Imrie ‘‘You Got to Remember You Live in Public Housing’’  Talja Blokland “The House as Symbol of the Self”  Claire Cooper “Home Rules”  Denis Wood and Robert J. Beck “Home: Territory and Identity”  J. MacGregor Wise Section 6 – “Public” and “Private” Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “Putting the Public Back into Public Space”  Kurt Iveson "To Again to Hyde Park: Public Space, Rights, and Social Justice"  Don Mitchell “Contesting Crime, Order and Migrant Spaces in Beijing”  Li Zhang "Privacy Could Only Be Had in Public: Gay Uses of the Streets"  George Chauncey “People Who Live in Glass Houses: Edith Farnsworth, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Phillip Johnson”  Alice T. Friedman "The Prison of ‘Public Space’"  Mark Kingwell Section 7 – The Urban Experience Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “The Metropolis and Mental Life”  Georg Simmel "Paris—Capital of the Nineteenth Century"  Walter Benjamin “Walking in the City” 
Michel de Certeau “The Uses of Sidewalks: Contact”  Jane Jacobs “People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg”  AbdouMaliq Simone “City Life and Difference”  Iris Marion Young Section 8 – Landscape: Nature and Culture Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “A Pair of Ideal Landscapes”  John Brinkerhoff (J.B.) Jackson “The African Origins of Carolina Rice Culture”  Judith Carney "This Land Is Ours Now: Spatial Imaginaries and the Struggle for Land in Brazil"  Wendy Wolford "Beyond Wilderness and Lawn"  Michael Pollan "Ecstatic Places”  Louise Chawla Section 9 – The Social Production of Space (and Time) Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “The Production of Space”  Henri Lefebvre “Railroad Space and Railroad Time”  Wolfgang Schivelbusch "A Time for Space and a Space for Time: The Social Production of the Vacation House"  Anthony King “A Room of One's Own”  Virginia Woolf “The Last Place They Thought Of: Black Women’s Geographies”  Katherine McKittrick “Class Struggle on Avenue B: The Lower East Side as Wild Wild West”  Neil Smith Section 10 – Shifting Perspectives: Optics for Revealing Change and Reworking Space Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings "Panopticism"  Michel Foucault "Toward an Architecture of Humility: On the Value of Experience"  Juhani Pallasmaa “Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California”  Laura Pulido “Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings”  Kevin Hannam, Mimi Sheller, and John Urry “The Global and the Intimate”  Geraldine Pratt and Victoria Rosner “On the Grounds of Globalization: A Topography for Feminist Political Engagement”  Cindi Katz Section 11 – The Spatial Imagination Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “Invention, Memory, and Place”  Edward Said "Negotiating the Muslim American Hyphen: Integrated, Parallel, and Conflictual Paths"  Selçuk R. Sirin and Michelle Fine “Maps and the Formation of the Geo-Body of Siam”  Thongchai Winichakul “‘Drawing the Coral Heads’: Mental Mapping and its Physical Representation in a Polynesian Community”  Richard Feinberg, Ute J. Dymon, Pu Paiaki, Pu Rangituteki, Pu Nukuriaki, and Matthew Rollins "How Do We Get Out of This Capitalist Place?"  J.K. Gibson-Graham “De-, Dis-, Ex-”  Bernard Tschumi Section 12 – Democratic Prospects and Possibilities Editors’ Introduction and Suggestions for Further Readings “Restoring Meaningful Subjects and ‘Democratic Hope’ to Psychology”  Susan Saegert “Rhizome”  Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari “Living the ‘Revolution’ in an Egyptian Village: Moral Action in a National Space”  Lila Abu‐Lughod “Traffic in Democracy”  Michael Sorkin "Containing Children: Some Lessons on Planning for Play from New York City"  Roger Hart
A smart and savvy collection that is genuinely interdisciplinary, The People, Place and Space Reader provides a new take on the foundations of the spatial turn across the contemporary humanities and social sciences while also giving them a much-needed shake: its selections and juxtapositions suggest new twists and turns of tremendous intellectual and practical import.
-- Derek Gregory, author of The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq (Wiley 2004) and Spaces (Routledge 2008)
This anthology does extraordinary service in bringing together the most important– and often hard-to-find – readings dealing with how people respond to, interact in, and conceive of space and place. The book shows how many different disciplines have contributed to a social science of space, and how much our understanding of particular places has benefited from this interdisciplinary field. For anyone who wonders about the built environment around them, this book is invaluable.
-- Thomas Fisher, author of In the Scheme of Things: Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture (2006) and Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (2012).
By drawing on classic work, some too long overlooked, as well as provocative recent writings in psychology, cultural geography and anthropology, design, and women’s studies, the editors provide invaluable guideposts for a social science that is committed to egalitarian and democratic values.
-- Harry Heft, author of Ecological Psychology in Context: James Gibson, Roger Barker, and the Legacy of William James (Psychology 2005)
A timely and rich collection that crosses disciplines, spaces, and times. Combining classical pieces and more recent studies, this interdisciplinary reader offers fresh perspectives on important topics such as home, identity, publicness, power, and subjectivity. Contributions by anthropologists, geographers, historians, planners, psychologists, and sociologists offer productive and thoughtful engagements with multiple theories, methods, and topics. An outstanding reader that will be of great interests to scholars and students of space and place.
-- Farha Ghannam, author of Live and Die Like a Man: Gender Dynamics in Urban Egypt (Stanford 2013)
I have been waiting for years for a book like this to come along. Now I will no longer have to cobble together the most innovative work in critical geography and environmental psychology for my students -- they are all here together, in an affordable and accessible volume. The editors' commitments to radical critique, inclusion, and accessibility are carried all the way through. Here is a radical geography education for the rest of us.
-- Laura Barraclough, author of Making the San Fernando Valley: Rural Landscapes, Urban Development, and White Privilege (UGA 2011) and co-author of The People’s Guide to Los Angeles (UCA 2012)