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Spatial Histories of Radical Geography : North America and Beyond

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A wide-ranging and knowledgeable guide to the history of radical geography in North America and beyond.



Includes contributions from an international group of scholars
Focuses on the centrality of place, spatial circulation and geographical scale in understanding the rise of radical geography and its spread
A celebration of radical geography from its early beginnings in the 1950s through to the 1980s, and after
Draws on oral histories by leaders in the field and private and public archives
Contains a wealth of never-before published historical material
Serves as both authoritative introduction and indispensable professional reference
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 21mm | 712g
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hoboken, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1119404797
  • 9781119404798
  • 846,614

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Spatial Histories of Radical Geography offers a systematic and comprehensive approach to the history of radical geography in North America, and its relationship with the rest of the world. With contributions from an international group of scholars, the book takes a geographical approach to the emergence and development of radical geography, focussing on the roles of place, spatial circulation and geographical scale.

This collection reviews North American radical geography from its early beginnings in the 1950s to the 1980s after which it became an established approach within Anglophone human geography. Drawing on both oral histories by early radical geographers and private and public archives, the volume contains a wealth of never-before published historical material.

With a dual emphasis on radical geography's theoretical innovations and grounded political practice, Spatial Histories of Radical Geography serves as both a wide-ranging introduction and indispensable professional reference.
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Table of contents

List of Figures ix


Notes on Contributors xi


Series Editors' Preface xvii


Preface xix


Acknowledgments xxi


Introduction 1
Trevor J. Barnes and Eric Sheppard


Part I Radical Geography within North America 37


1 Issues of "Race" and Early Radical Geography: Our Invisible Proponents 39
Audrey Kobayashi


2 Myths, Cults, Memories, and Revisions in Radical Geographic History: Revisiting the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute 59
Gwendolyn C. Warren, Cindi Katz, and Nik Heynen


3 Radical Paradoxes: The Making of Antipode at Clark University 87
Matthew T. Huber, Chris Knudson, and Renee Tapp


4 A "Necessary Stop on the Circuit": Radical Geography at Simon Fraser University 117
Nicholas Blomley and Eugene McCann


5 The Life and Times of the Union of Socialist Geographers 149
Linda Peake


6 Baltimore as Truth Spot: David Harvey, Johns Hopkins, and Urban Activism 183
Eric Sheppard and Trevor J. Barnes


7 Berkeley In?Between: Radicalizing Economic Geography 211
Jamie Peck and Trevor J. Barnes


8 Radical Geography in the Midwest 247
Mickey Lauria, Bryan Higgins, Mark Bouman, Kent Mathewson, Trevor J. Barnes, and Eric Sheppard


9 Radical Geography Goes Francophone 273
Juan?Luis Klein


Part II Radical Geography beyond North America 301


10 Japan: The Yada Faction versus North American Radical Geography 303
Fujio Mizuoka


11 The Rise and Decline of Radical Geography in South Africa 315
Brij Maharaj


12 The Geographies of Critical Geography: The Development of Critical Geography in Mexico 329
Veronica Crossa


13 "Let's here [sic] it for the Brits, You help us here": North American Radical Geography and British Radical Geography Education 343
Joanne Norcup


14 "Can these words, commonly applied to the Anglo?Saxon social sciences, fit the French?" Circulation, Translation, and Reception of Radical Geography in the French Academic Context 357
Yann Calberac


Conclusion 371
Eric Sheppard and Trevor J. Barnes


Index 389
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'How do you change the intellectual landscape of an entire discipline? This book answers the question, tracing the many shoots, leaves and branches of radical geography from the late 1960s onwards. It should inspire a new generation of faculty and students to believe that the smallest beginnings can, in time, build to transformative movements.'
Noel Castree, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester, UK and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia

'This is an enormous gift to the discipline - a richly detailed history of radical geography. Instead of being relegated to a mere chapter in geography history texts, we can finally get a sense of how radical geography developed across different places, how it challenged mainstream geography and the difficulties it faced. Most importantly, however, it helps us understand the present.'
Laura Pulido, Professor and Department Head of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, USA
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'How do you change the intellectual landscape of an entire discipline? This book answers the question, tracing the many shoots, leaves and branches of radical geography from the late 1960s onwards. It should inspire a new generation of faculty and students to believe that the smallest beginnings can, in time, build to transformative movements.'
Noel Castree, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester, UK and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia

'This is an enormous gift to the discipline - a richly detailed history of radical geography. Instead of being relegated to a mere chapter in geography history texts, we can finally get a sense of how radical geography developed across different places, how it challenged mainstream geography and the difficulties it faced. Most importantly, however, it helps us understand the present.'
Laura Pulido, Professor and Department Head of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, USA
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About Trevor J. Barnes

Trevor J. Barnes is Professor of Geography and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia.

Eric Sheppard is Professor of Geography and the Alexander von Humboldt Chair at UCLA, and Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota.
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