By Mike Crang, Nigel Thrift

As theorists have started utilizing geographical ideas and metaphors to consider the advanced and differentiated international, it is vital to mirror on their paintings, and its effect on our concepts on area. This revealing booklet explores the paintings of quite a lot of prolific social theorists. integrated contributions from a powerful diversity of well known geographical writers, every one research the paintings of 1 author - starting from early this century to modern writers.

Among the writers mentioned are Georg Simmel, Mikhail Bakhtin, Gilles Deleuze, Helene Cixous, Henri Lefebvre, Jacques Lacan, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Franz Fanon. perfect for these in the 'spatial flip' in social and cultural concept, this attention-grabbing book asks what function area performs within the paintings of such theorists, what distinction (if any) it makes to their options, and what distinction such an appreciation makes to the best way we would take into consideration space.

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In turn, space becomes a playground for new modes of organisation, most especially that of the state which, through the powers granted to it by these intermediaries (and the facts’ they make possible) is able to parcel out and govern territory in ways heretofore undreamed of. But then, as this process continues, it reaches on to a new millennial phase, especially attractive to those from the ‘apocalypse now’ school of social theory. The process of speed-up, boosted especially by new electronic communications media, reaches a new plane where travel is increasingly a by-product of all but instantaneous communication, rather than vice versa.

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