The handbook presents 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 and Politics, and interdisciplinary fields such as Urban Studies, Environmental Studies and Planning.
1. Place as Assemblage 2. Doreen Massey’s ‘A Global Sense of Place’ revisited 3. Place and Nation 4. Region, Place, Devolution: Geohistory Still Matters 5. Rethinking Place at the Border through the LYC Museum and Art Gallery 6. Faith and Place: Hindu Sacred Landscapes of India 7. Colonial Imaginaries, Colonized Places 8. Mobilities and Place 9. Place as Human-Environment Network: Tree Planting and Place Making in Massachusetts, USA 10. Soundscapes 11. Weather and Place 12. The Luminosity of Place: Light, Shadow, Colour 13. Place After Dark: Urban Peripheries as Alternative Futures 14. Waterway: A Liquid Place 15. Place-Crafting at the Edge of Everywhere 16. Thinking Place Atmospherically 17. The Urban Spanglish of Mexico City 18. Thinking, Doing and Being Decolonisation in, with and as Place 19. Place, Age and Identity 20. Gendering Place: Mobilities, Borders and Belonging 21. Choreographing Place: Race, Encounter and Co-belonging in the Anthropocene 22. Class and Place 23. 'Food-Work City': Oral History and the Contested Politics of Place 24. Rurality, Place and the Imagination 25. The Symbolic Construction of Community through Place 26. Fashioning Place: Young Muslim Styling and Urban Belonging 27. Disability and Place 28. Reading Bangkok: The Transforming and Intermingling City 29. Managing Places 30. Risk, Resilience and Place 31. Mapping Place 32. Of Place and Law 33. Militarisation and the Creation of Place 34. Policing Place 35. A Passion for Place and Participation 36. Experimental Places and Spatial Politics 37. Monumentalizing Public Art through Memory of Place: Place-based Interpretation and Commemorability 38. Place and Heritage Conservation 39. Temporary Places: Moving People and Changing Spaces 40. The Place of the Camp in Protracted Displacement 41. Remaking a Place Called Home Following Displacement 42. Homelessness and Place 43. Clutter and Place 44. Non-human Place 45. Place Attachment 46. In the Presence of Absence: Meditations on the Cultural Significance of Abandoned Places 47. Place and Economic Development 48. Place and Uneven Development 49. Place-making at Work: The Role of Rhythm in the Production of 'Thick' Places 50. Alternative Economies and Places 51. Consuming Places 52. Memory and Forgetting in City Marketing: (Re)writing the History of Urban Place? 53. Making New Places: The Role of Events in Master-Planned Communities 54. Place as Commodity: Informal Settlements’ Contribution to Tourism in Bogotá and Medellin 55. The Art of Placemaking: A Typology of Art Practices in Placemaking 56. Contemporary British Place Writing: Towards a Definition 57. Writing a Place: Poetry and ‘Ghost Rhetoric’ 58. Navigating Cinematic Geographies: Reflections on Film as Spatial Practice 59. Practices of Home Beyond Place Attachment 60. Place-Walking: The Umwelt Explored through Creative Imagination 61. Walking West: Newer Volcanics Song Project 62. Place and Music: Composing Concrete Antennae 63. Of all Places… Drama and Place