Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory

Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory

Paperback Radical Thinkers

By (author) Edward W. Soja

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 228 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 10 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844676692
  • ISBN 13: 9781844676699
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 60,385

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Postmodern Geographies stands as the cardinal broadcast and defence of theory s spatial turn. From the suppression of space in modern social science and the disciplinary aloofness of geography to the spatial returns of Foucault and Lefebvre and the construction of Marxist geographies alert to urbanization and global development, renowned geographer Edward W. Soja details the trajectory of this turn and lays out its key debates. An expanded critique of historicism and a refined grasp of materialist dialectics bolster Soja s attempt to introduce geography to postmodernity, animating a series of engagements with Heidegger, Giddens, Castells, and others. Two exploratory essays on the postfordist landscapes of Los Angeles complete the book, offering a glimpse of Soja s new geography carried into its highest register.

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Edward W. Soja teaches Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books on African development and on the economic and spatial restructuring of the Los Angeles region.

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One of the most challenging and stimulating books ever written.A" David Harvey