This book illuminates the profound influence of geography on everyday life. Concentrating on the realm of social reproduction – gender, family, education, culture and tradition, race, ethnicity the contributors provide both an articulation of a theory of territory and reproduction and concrete empirical analyses of the evolution of social practices in particular places.
At the core of the book’s contribution is the concept of society as a ‘time-space’ fabric, upon which are engraved the processes of political, economic and socio-cultural life. A second distinctive feature of the book is its substantive focus on the relation between territory and social practice. Thirdly, it represents a significant step in the redefinition of the research agenda in human geography.
Part 1: Introduction and Overview 1. How Territory Shapes Social Life Michael J. Dear and Jennifer R. Wolch Part 2: Industralism, the State and Civil Society 2. The Geographical Foundations and Social Regulation of Flexible Production Complexes Michael Storper and Allen J. Scott 3. Collective Consumption Steven Pinch 4. The Politics of Turf and the Question of Class Kevin R. Cox Part 3: Industrial Society 5. Class and Gender Relations in the Local Labor Market and the Local State Ruth Fincher 6. A Feminist Perspective of Employment Restructuring and Gentrification: the case of Montréal Damaris Rose 7. The Mobility of Capital and the Immobility of Female Labor: Responses to Economic Restructuring Gerda R. Wekerle and Brent Rutherford Part 4: The State 8. Interpretive Practices, the State and the Locale 9. The Shadow State: Transformations in the Voluntary Sector Jennifer R. Wolch 10. Social Reproduction and Housing Alternatives: Cooperative Housing in Post-War Canada Vera Chouinard 11. Privatization and Dependencey on the Local Welfare State Glenda Laws 12. ‘Enough to Drive one Mad’: the Organization of Space in 19th century lunatic asylums Chris Philo Part 5: Civil Society 13. Incorporation Theory and the Reproduction of Community Fabric Geraldine Pratt 14. Community Exclusion of the Mentally Ill S. Martin Taylor 15. Mirrors of Power: Reflective Professionals in the Neighbourhood Dana Cuff 16. The Grassroots in Action: Gays and Seniors Capture the Local State in West Hollywood, California 17. Disability and the Reproduction of Bodily Images: the Dynamics of Human Appearances Harlan Hahn