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For Space

For Space

February 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.

Opening Propositions
The Prison-House of Synchrony
The Horizontalities of Deconstruction
The Life in Space
Spatializing the History of Modernity
Aspatial Globalization
(Contrary to Popular Opinion) Space Cannot Be Annihilated by Time
Elements for Alternatives
Slices through Space
The Elusiveness of Place
'Throwntogetherness': The Politics of the Event of Place
There Are No Rules of Space and Place
Making and Contesting Time-Spaces

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).

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

Excellent book!

Dr Alexander Bridger
Division of Psychology, Huddersfield University
November 23, 2011

This is an exceptionally well written book which challenges taken for granted notions of space in social science. It is both thought provoking and stimulating, and will serve as a reference point for years to come. The book is a must read for social scientists irrespective of discipline.
As a textbook, it is most suited for social studies modules especially in the fields of sociology and geography. It is not ideal as a core textbook for research methods modules as it includes limited methodological inferences, guidance or instructions.

Dr Andreas Xyrichis
Acute Adult Nursing, King's College London
July 17, 2011

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