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Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture

ISBN: 978-0-631-22877-6
436 pages
February 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture is an unprecedented collection of key anthropological articles that illustrate how the conceptual and material dimensions of space are central to the production of social life.
  • Assembles key anthropological articles that challenge accepted definitions and ideas of space and place
  • Reveals how both the conceptual and material dimensions of space as well as of built forms and landscape characteristics are central to the production of social life
  • Includes introduction that synthesizes existing literature, highlights core issues, and maps potential directions for future research
  • Brings classics in cultural anthropology together with new theoretical approaches
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Introduction: Setha M. Low and Denise Lawrence-Zu?iga.

Part I: Embodied Space(s).

Part II: Gendered Space(s).

Part III: Inscribed Space(s).

Part IV: Contested Space(s).

Part V: Transnational Space(s).

Part VI: Spatial Tactics.

Index.
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Setha M. Low is Professor of Environmental Psychology and Anthropology and Director of the Public Space Research Group at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her publications include Behind the Gates: The New American Dream (2003), On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture (2000), and Theorizing the City (edited, 1999).


Denise Lawrence-Zúñigais Professor of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is the co-editor of House Life: Space, Place and Family in Europe (with Donna Birdwell-Pheasant, 1999).

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  • Assembles key anthropological articles that challenge accepted definitions and ideas of space and place
  • Reveals how both the conceptual and material dimensions of space as well as of built forms and landscape characteristics are central to the production of social life
  • Includes introduction that synthesizes existing literature, highlights core issues, and maps potential directions for future research
  • Brings classics in cultural anthropology together with new theoretical approaches
See More
‘A valuable resource for teaching and research. Bringing older work on the symbolics of space together with more recent analyses of the politics of place and contested spatial practices, it gives a fine overview of the depth, range, and vitality of anthropological approaches to space and place.’ James Ferguson, University of California, Irvine


‘This stunning collection provides an invaluable guide to an exciting new field: The analysis of the spatial dimensions of culture and the cultural meanings of space and place. It features a clear and comprehensive introduction and a wide-ranging set of articles that reveal the power and potential of this new field of anthropological inquiry.’ Sally Engle Merry, Wellesley College


‘A rich sourcebook of classic and new perspectives on culture and the physical environment. Encompasses a range of spaces and places from the small-scale to the large-scale; from the body to transnational settings. A terrific resource to spark new questions, ideas, and projects.’ Irwin Altman, University of Utah

"Geographers should of course read The Anthropology of Space and Place. Reading this volume also opens up opportunities to refine our strengths as geographers as well as to open up new domains of exploration inspired by the expertise of anthropologists." Progress in Human Geography, Vol 29/1, 2005

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