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The Routledge Handbook of Place

1st Edition

Edited by Tim Edensor, Ares Kalandides, Uma Kothari


720 pages | 79 B/W Illus.

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The handbookpresents a compendium of the diverse and growing approaches to place from leading authors as well as less widely known scholars, providing a comprehensive yet cutting-edge overview of theories, concepts and creative engagements with place that resonate with contemporary concerns and debates.

The volume moves away from purely western-based conceptions and discussions about place to include perspectives from across the world. It includes an introductory chapter, which outlines key definitions, draws out influential historical and contemporary approaches to the theorisation of place, and sketches out the structure of the book explaining the logic of the seven clearly themed sections. Each section begins with a short introductory essay that provides identifying key ideas and contextualises the essays that follow. The original and distinctive contributions from both new and leading authorities from across the discipline provide a wide, rich and comprehensive collection that chimes with current critical thinking in geography. The book captures the dynamism and multiplicity of current geographical thinking about place by including both state-of-the-art, in-depth, critical overviews of theoretical approaches to place and new explorations and cases that chart a framework for future research. It charts the multiple ways in which place might be conceived, situated and practised.

This unique, comprehensive and rich collection will be an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate teaching, for experienced academics across a wide range of disciplines and for policymakers and place-marketers. It will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across the range of disciplines, such as Geography, Sociology, Politics, and interdisciplinary fields such as Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, and Planning.

Table of Contents

Part I Situating Place

1. Place as Assemblage

Kim Dovey

2. Doreen Massey’s ‘A Global Sense of Place’ revisited

Ares Kalandides

3. Place and Nation

Rhys Jones

4. Region, Place, Devolution: Geohistory Still Matters

David Beel and Martin Jones

5. Rethinking Place at the Border through the LYC Museum and Art Gallery

Ysanne Holt

6. Faith and Place: Hindu Sacred Landscapes of India

Rana Singh and Pravin Rana

7. Colonial Imaginaries, Colonised Places

Uma Kothari

8. Mobilities and Place

David Bissell

9. Place as Human-Environment Network: Tree Planting and Place Making in Massachusetts

Deborah Martin

Part II The Qualities of Place

10. Soundscapes of Place

Michelle Duffy

11. Weather and Place

Phillip Vannini and Bradley Austin

12. The Luminosity of Place: Light, Shadow, Colour

Tim Edensor

13. Place After Dark: Urban Peripheries as Alternative Futures

Nick Dunn

14. Waterway: A Liquid Place

Maarja Kaaristo

15. Place-Crafting at the Edge of Everywhere

David Paton

16. Thinking Place Atmospherically

Shanti Sumartojo

17. The Urban Spanglish of Mexico City

Cristina Garduño Freeman, Beau Beza and Glenda Mejía

18. Thinking, Doing and Being Decolonisation in, with and as Place

Sarah Wright

Part III Identity and Place

19. Place, Age and Identity

Samantha Wilkinson and Catherine Wilkinson

20. Gendering Place: Mobilities, Borders and Belonging

Dina Viaou

21. Choreographing Place: Race, Encounter and Co-belonging in the Anthropocene

Michele Lobo

22. Class and Place

Paul Watt

23.'Food-Work City': Oral History and the Contested Politics of Place

Ben Rogaly

24. Rurality, Place and the Imagination

Rosemary Shirley

25. The Symbolic Construction of Community through Place

Henrik Schultze

26. Fashioning Place

Saskia Warren

27. Disability and Place

Ilan Wiesel and Ellen van Holstein

28. Reading Bangkok: The Transforming and Intermingling City

Cuttaleeya Jiraprasertkun


Part IV Power, Regulating and Resisting in Place

29. Managing Places

Dominic Medway, Nikos Ntounis and Catherine Parker

30. Risk, Resilience and Place

Paul O’Hare and Iain White

31. Mapping Place

Chris Perkins

32. Of Place and Law

Jenny Kanellopoulou

33. Militarisation and the Creation of Place

Rachel Woodward

34. Policing Place

Jon Coaffee

35. A Passion for Place and Participation

Quintin Bradley

36. Experimental Places and Spatial Politics

Alex Vasudevan

37. A Monument in the City: Place-based Interpretation and Commemorability

Hélène Ducros

38. Place and Heritage Conservation

James Lesh

Part V Displacement, Loss and Emplacement

39. Temporary Places: Moving People and Changing Spaces

Ali Madanipour

40. The Place of the Camp in Protracted Displacement

Cathrine Brun

41. Remaking a Place Called Home Following Displacement

Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia

42. Homelessness and Place

Alison Young and James Petty

43. Clutter and Place

Tracey Potts

44. Non-human Place

Catherine Phillips and Sarah Robertson

45. Place Attachment

Patrick Devine-Wright

46. In the Presence of Absence: Meditations on the Cultural Significance of Abandoned Places

Justin Armstrong


Part VI Economic Geographies of Place

47. Place and Economic Development

Costis Hadjimichalis

48. Place and Uneven Development

Ray Hudson

49. Place-making at Work: The Role of Rhythm in the Production of 'Thick' Places

Dawn Lyon

50. Alternative Economies and Places

Bastian Lange

51. Consuming Places

Mark Jayne

52. Memory and Forgetting in City Marketing: (Re)writing the History of Urban Place?

Gary Warnaby and Dominic Medway

53. Making New Places: The Role of Events in Master-Planned Communities

Judith Mair

54. Place as Commodity: Informal Settlements’ Contribution to Tourism in Bogotá and Medellin

Jaime Hernández-Garcia and Beau Beza


Part VII Creative Engagements with Place

55. The Art of Placemaking: A Typology of Art Practices in Placemaking

Cara Courage

56. Contemporary British Place Writing: Towards a Definition

David Cooper

57. Writing a Place: Poetry and ‘Ghost Rhetoric’

Helen Mort

58. Navigating Cinematic Geographies: Reflections on Film as Spatial Practice

Les Roberts

59. Practices of Home Beyond Place Attachment

Veronica Vickery

60. Place-Walking: The Umwelt Explored through Creative Imagination

Mike Collier

61. Walking West: Newer Volcanics Song Project

Marita Dyson

62. Place and Music: Composing Concrete Antennae

Rob St John

63. Of all Places… Drama and Place

Mike Pearson

About the Editors

Tim Edensor is Professor of Human Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and a Principal Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Ares Kalandides is a practicing urban and regional planner based in Berlin, Germany and Athens, Greece. He is Professor of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and director of the Institute of Place Management.

Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies, University of Manchester, UK and Professor of Human Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography