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Place: A Short Introduction

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0671-9
168 pages
June 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This text introduces students of human geography to the fundamental concept of place, marrying everyday uses of the term with the complex theoretical debates that have grown up around it.
  • A short introduction to one of the most fundamental concepts in human geography
  • Marries everyday uses of the term "place" with the more complex theoretical debates that have grown up around it
  • Makes the debates intelligible to students, using familiar stories as a way into more abstract ideas
  • Excerpts and discusses key papers on place by Doreen Massey and David Harvey
  • Considers empirical examples of ways in which the concept of place has been used in research
  • Teaching and learning aids include an annotated bibliography, lists of key readings and texts, a survey of web resources, suggested pedagogical resources and possible student projects
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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Series Editors' Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Introduction: Defining Place 1

Space and Place 8

Place and Landscape 10

Place as a Way of Understanding 11

The Remainder of the Book 12

2 The Genealogy of Place 15

Regional Geography 16

Discovering Place: Humanistic Geography 18

Place as Home 24

Radical Human Geography and the Politics of Place 26

Place as 'Being-in-the-World' versus Place as Social Construct 29

Place, Practice and Process 33

Place, Openness and Change 39

The End of Place? 43

Conclusion: Versions of Place 49

3 Reading 'A Global Sense of Place' 53

Historial Context 53

Harvey on Place 55

A Global Sense of Place 63

Beyond Reactionary and Progressive Senses of Place 75

Conclusions 79

4 Working with Place 81

Creating Places 82

In Place/Out-of-Place: Anachorism 102

Conclusions 122

5 Place Resources 125

Key Books on Place 125

Key papers on Place 130

Introductory Texts on Place 132

Other Books and Papers on Place 132

Other Approaches to Place: Ecology, Planning, Architecture 134

Key Journals 136

Web Resources 138

Student Projects and Exercises 139

Bibliography 145

Index 151

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Author Information

Tim Cresswell is Professor in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is the author of In Place / Out of Place (1996) and The Tramp in America (2001). He is also the co-editor of Mobilizing Place. Placing Mobility (2003) and Engaging Film (2002).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • A short introduction to one of the most fundamental concepts in human geography
  • Marries everyday uses of the term "place" with the more complex theoretical debates that have grown up around it
  • Makes the debates intelligible to students, using familiar stories as a way into more abstract ideas
  • Excerpts and discusses key papers on place by Doreen Massey and David Harvey
  • Considers empirical examples of ways in which the concept of place has been used in research
  • Teaching and learning aids include an annotated bibliography, lists of key readings and texts, a survey of web resources, suggested pedagogical resources and possible student projects
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Reviews

"This is a truly wonderful book. It is short but not trite or superficial. It is in depth without being dense. It is timely without ignoring classic issues and debates. There is a clear pedagogy here, which is often missing in texts, and it is well written by an outstanding geographer, and so I predict this book will sell very well indeed." Michael Brown, University of Washington <!--end-->

"The idea of place lies at the heart of most significant geographical issues, yet place can often be a difficult and highly contested notion. There is no more authoritative writer on place than Tim Cresswell, and here he presents a formidable multifaceted introduction...which should be read by every student of human geography." Paul Cloke, Bristol University

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