The Politics of Space and Place

What might an analysis of politics which focuses on the operation of power through space and place, and on the spatial structuring of inequality, tell us about the world we make for ourselves and others? From the national border to the wire fence; from the privatisation of land to the exclusion and expulsion of persecuted peoples; questions of space and place, of who can be where and what they can do there, are at the very heart of the most important political debates of our time.

Bringing together an interdisciplinary collection of authors deploying diverse perspectives and methodological approaches, this book responds to the pressing demand to reflect on and engage with some of the key questions raised by a political analysis of space and place. Its chapters chart the ways in which inequality and exclusion are played out in spatial terms, exploring the operations of power and resistance at the micro-level of the individual home and small community, analysing modes of securitisation and fortification utilised in the interests of wealth and power, and documenting the ways in which space and place are being transformed by changing socio-economic and cultural demands. As well as analysing the ways in which forms of exclusion and persecution are manifest spatially, the chapters in this book also attend to the forms of resistance and contestation which emerge in response to them. Resistance is found in the persistence of those who build and rebuild their homes and communities in a world which seems bent on their exclusion. At the same time life on the peripheries can give rise to new conceptions of citizenship and public space as well as to new political demands which seek to (re)claim space and contest the dominant order.

Bringing together scholars working in fields as diverse as political science, geography, international studies, cultural anthropology, architecture, political philosophy and the visual arts, this book offers readers access to a range of contemporary case studies and theoretical perspectives. Relevant, timely and thoroughly accessible, this text offers an integrated approach to what can be a dauntingly diverse area of study and will be of interest not only to those working in fields such as architecture, political theory and geography but also to non-specialists and students.

Chiara Certomà is Carson fellow at the Rachel Carson Centre (RCC) for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich and post-doctoral research fellow at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSUP), Pisa.

Nicola Clewer is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton, where she teaches on the Humanities undergraduate degree programme.

Doug Elsey is a PhD candidate and seminar tutor in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton, where he is a member of the Critical Studies Research Group.

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ISBN: 1-4438-4073-4

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-4073-6

Release Date: 18th October 2012

Pages: 295

Price: £44.99