Taking-place: Non-representational Theories and Geography

Taking-place: Non-representational Theories and Geography


Edited by Ben Anderson, Edited by Paul Harrison


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 30mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754672786
  • ISBN 13: 9780754672784
  • Illustrations note: includes 4 b&w illustrations & 3 line drawings

Product description

Emerging over the past ten years from a set of post-structuralist theoretical lineages, non-representational theories are having a major impact both within and outside of the human geography discipline. This non-representational theorization and research has opened up new sets of problematics around practice and performativity while also inspiring new ways of doing and writing human geography that aim to engage with the taking-place of everyday life. Written in a clear and accessible style and drawing together a range of innovative contributions from leading writers, this the first book to provide an extensive and in-depth overview of non-representational theories and human geography. Each contributor has been selected to address a specific theme and provide a unique perspective on the current state of non-representational theories. It includes interventions by those at the 'centre' of the movement as well as emergent voices. In doing so, it addresses the core concerns and themes of what appears as a disparate field of research, demonstrates the widespread impact, both actual and potential, for many aspects of human geographic thought and practice, and highlights areas of emergent critical debate and discussion within non-representational theories. It is structured around four thematic sections - Life, Representation, Ethics and Politics - which explore the varied relations that non-representational theories have with contemporary human geography.

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Author information

Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Paul Harrison are both Lecturers in the Department of Geography, Durham University, UK.

Table of contents

The promise of non-representational theories, Ben Anderson and Paul Harrison; Section I Life: Vitalist geographies: life and the more-than-human, Beth Greenhough; Forces of nature, forms of life: calibrating ethology and phenomenology, Hayden Lorimer; Placing affective relations: uncertain geographies of pain, David Bissell; Non-representational subjects?, John Wylie.; Section II Representation: Representation and difference, Marcus Doel; Representation and everyday use: how to feel things with words, Eric Laurier; Language and the event. The unthought of appearing worlds, J-D. Dewsbury; Testimony and the truth of the other, Paul Harrison. Interlude: 'The 27th letter': an interview with Nigel Thrift.; Section III Ethics: Thinking in transition: the affirmative refrain of experience/experiment, Derek P. McCormack; Encountering O/other bodies: practice, emotion and ethics, Kirsten Simonson; Just being there... ethics, experimentation and the cultivation of care, Jonathan Darling; Ethics anfd the non-human: the matterings of animal sentience in the meat industry, Emma Roe.; Section IV Politics: Politics and difference, Arun Saldanha; Working with multiples - a non-representational approach to environmental issues, Steve Hinchliffe; Events, spontaneity and abrupt conditions, Keith Woodward; Envisioning the future: ontology, time and the politics of non-representation, Mitch Rose; Index.