For Space
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© 2005 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Doreen Massey is one of the most profound thinkers in contemporary human geography, and her work addresses fundamental issues with great insight. This is a work of enormous ambition, breadth, and depth, and not a little complexity."
- David M. Smith
, Queen Mary, University of London

"The reason for my enthusiasm for this book is that Doreen Massey manages to describe a certain way of perceiving movement in space which I have been - and still am - working with on different levels in my work: i.e. the idea that space is not something static and neutral, a frozen entity, but is something intertwined with time and thus ever changing . Doreen's descriptions of her journey through England for example are clear and precise accounts of this idea, and she very sharply characterizes the attempts not to recognize this idea as utopian and nostalgic."
- Olaffur Eliasson


"Destined to be widely read by many who are not geographers... in a publishing market currently so driven by what publishers think students will read, its lack of fit into established genres is hugely refreshing... a great book to read in terms of its head-on engagement with the spatial."

- Geographical Research


In this book, Doreen Massey makes an impassioned argument for revitalising our imagination of space. She takes on some well-established assumptions from philosophy, and some familiar ways of characterising the 21st century world, and shows how they restrain our understanding of both the challenge and the potential of space.

The way we think about space matters. It inflects our understandings of the world, our attitudes to others, our politics. It affects, for instance, the way we understand globalisation, the way we approach cities, the way we develop, and practice, a sense of place. If time is the dimension of change then space is the dimension of the social: the contemporaneous co-existence of others. That is its challenge, and one that has been persistently evaded. For Space pursues its argument through philosophical and theoretical engagement, and through telling personal and political reflection. Doreen Massey asks questions such as how best to characterise these so-called spatial times, how it is that implicit spatial assumptions inflect our politics, and how we might develop a responsibility for place beyond place.

This book is 'for space' in that it argues for a reinvigoration of the spatiality of our implicit cosmologies. For Space is essential reading for anyone interested in space and the spatial turn in the social sciences and humanities. Serious, and sometimes irreverent, it is a compelling manifesto: for re-imagining spaces for these times and facing up to their challenge.

 
PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE
 
Opening Propositions
 
PART TWO: UNPROMISING ASSOCIATIONS
 
Space/Representation
 
The Prison-House of Synchrony
 
The Horizontalities of Deconstruction
 
The Life in Space
 
PART THREE: LIVING IN SPATIAL TIMES?
 
Spatializing the History of Modernity
 
Instantaneity/Depthlessness
 
Aspatial Globalization
 
(Contrary to Popular Opinion) Space Cannot Be Annihilated by Time
 
Elements for Alternatives
 
PART FOUR: RE-ORIENTATIONS
 
Slices through Space
 
The Elusiveness of Place
 
PART FIVE: A RELATIONAL POLITICS OF THE SPATIAL
 
'Throwntogetherness': The Politics of the Event of Place
 
There Are No Rules of Space and Place
 
Making and Contesting Time-Spaces

"Doreen Massey is one of the most profound thinkers in contemporary human geography, and her work addresses fundamental issues with great insight. This is a work of enormous ambition, breadth, and depth, and not a little complexity."

David M. Smith
Queen Mary, University of London

a classic, and it will always be.

Dr Paolo Cardullo
Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College
April 29, 2014

A truly superb text. Excellent in every way. Accessible for my first years (GEG10013 Human Geographies) and provides depth too for my second year module on Society and Space (GEG20015).

Dr SIMON PEMBERTON
Earth Sciences & Geography Department, Keele University
November 13, 2013

A very insightful and thought provoking text, actually enjoyed by students - not an easy task!

Ms Maria Feeney
Politics and Sociology (Paisley), University of the West of Scotland
August 5, 2013

A key text from one of the leading geographical thinkers offering a contemporary take on space. Reasonably accessible although I think some sections might be rather challenging for second year undergrad students.

Dr Matt Benwell
School of Environmental Science, Liverpool University
August 17, 2012

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