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Key Thinkers on Space and Place

Key Thinkers on Space and Place

Second Edition
Edited by:
  • Phil Hubbard - Kings College, London, UK, Loughborough University, UK, University of Kent, UK
  • Rob Kitchin - Maynooth University, Ireland, NUI Maynooth, Ireland

November 2010 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In this latest edition of Key Thinkers on Space and Place, editors Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin provide us with a fully revised and updated text that highlights the work of over 65 key thinkers on space and place. Unique in its concept, the book is a comprehensive guide to the life and work of some of the key thinkers particularly influential in the current 'spatial turn' in the social sciences.

Providing a synoptic overview of different ideas about the role of space and place in contemporary social, cultural, political and economic life, each portrait comprises:

  • Biographical information and theoretical context.
  • An explication of their contribution to spatial thinking.
  • An overview of key advances and controversie.
  • Guidance on further reading.

With 14 additional chapters including entries on Saskia Sassen, Tim Ingold, Cindi Katz and John Urry, the book covers ideas ranging from humanism, Marxism, feminism and post-structuralism to queer-theory, post-colonialism, globalization and deconstruction, presenting a thorough look at diverse ways in which space and place has been theorized.

An essential text for geographers, this now classic reference text is for all those interested in theories of space and place, whether in geography, sociology, cultural studies, urban studies, planning, anthropology, or women's studies.

Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin
Preface to the Second Edition
Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin
Introduction: Why Key Thinkers?
Euan Hague
Benedict Anderson
Peter Merriman
Mark Augé
Suzanne Reimer
Trevor Barnes
David B Clarke and Marcus A Doel
Jean Baudrillard
David B Clarke and Marcus A Doel
Zygmunt Bauman
Lewis Holloway
Ulrich Beck
Gordon L Clark
Brian Berry
Constantina Papoulias
Homi K Bhabha
Gary Bridge
Pierre Bourdieu
Minelle Mahtani
Judith Butler
Tom Mels
Anne Buttimer
Phil Hubbard
Manuel Castells
Mike Crang
Michel de Certeau
Simon Batterbury
Stuart E Corbridge
Keith Lilley
Denis Cosgrove
Donald McNeill
Mike Davis
Donald McNeill and Mark Tewdwr-Jones
Michael Dear
Marcus A Doel and David B Clarke
Gilles Deleuze
Jonathan A Beaverstock
Peter Dicken
Simon Batterbury and Jude L Fernando
Arturo Escobar
Chris Philo
Michel Foucault
Wendy Larner
J K Gibson-Graham
Barney Warf
Anthony Giddens
Rob Kitchin
Reginald Golledge
Barney Warf
Derek Gregory
Robin Flowerdew
Torsten Hagerstrand
Robin Flowerdew
Peter Haggett
Don Mitchell
Stuart Hall
Lewis Holloway
Donna Haraway
Keith Lilley
J Brian Harley
Noel Castree
David Harvey
Katherine McKittrick
bell hooks
Hayden Lorimer
Tim Ingold
Don Mitchell
Peter Jackson
Tracey Skelton
Cindi Katz
Eric Laurier
Bruno Latour
Rob Shields
Henri Lefebvre
Paul Rodaway
David Ley
John R Gold
Kevin Lynch
Felicity Callard
Doreen Massey
Sarah Hall
Linda McDowell
Rhys Jones
Anssi Paasi
Alan Latham
Allan Pred
Minelle Mahtani
Gillian Rose
Karen M Morin
Edward W Said
James Faulconbridge
Saskia Sassen
Andy C Pratt
Andrew Sayer
Simon Batterbury and Jude L Fernando
Amartya Sen
Minelle Mahtani
David Sibley
Noel Castree
Neil Smith
Alan Latham
Edward J Soja
Robina Mohammad and James D Sidaway
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Suzanne Reimer
Michael Storper
Jim Glassman
Peter Taylor
Barney Warf
Nigel Thrift
Euan Hague
Gerard Toal
Robin Flowerdew
Waldo Tobler
Paul Rodaway
Yi-Fu Tuan
Peter Adey
John Urry
David B Clarke and Marcus A Doel
Paul Virilio
Jim Glassman
Immanuel Wallerstein
Thomas Perreault
Michael J Watts
Roland Lippuner
Benno Werlen
Don Mitchell and Carrie Breitbach
Raymond Williams
Graham Clarke
Alan Wilson
Felicity Callard
Iris Marion Young

"Key Thinkers on Space and Place" is an excellent text for a prompt and precise overview of the most important themes of the city and contemporary architecture. Although Zevi is missing, it remains a fundamental text for the analysis of architecture and the contemporary built environment, the contributions on scholars of postmodern geography and post-structuralism, in general, are well articulated, with an excellent essential bibliography and interesting food for thought. A fundamental text to understand the relationship between community, society, space and city.

Dr Marco Spada
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Suffolk
February 26, 2020

I believe this book is a key resource for any subject dealing with the concepts of space and place. It highlights the key thinkers on these topics, and gives a very clear synopsis of each along with additional resources to follow up on. Definitely a book to add to your collection.

Mr Barend Petrus Slabbert
School of Arts and Humanities, Derby University
February 23, 2018

This is an excellent reference text and primer, but it has also inspired my work in surprising ways. For instance, the other day, while writing a draft for an article, I needed to clarify my understanding of a theorist. Not only was I able to do that with this text, I was also able to flip around in the book (using the index) to learn of other theorists and work that I was unfamiliar with. Each entry contextualises the theorists in terms of socio-historical context. The entries also articulate the main theoretical contributions to the field, as well as main texts to read. Highly recommend.

School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University
October 8, 2017

Very good collection of texts on key thinkers on space and place, makes it a very useful supplementary source for my introductory module on urban identities.

Dr Anna Pechurina
School of Social, Psychological & Comm, Leeds Beckett University
August 8, 2016

A good text. Would be a good supplement to current core reading for the unit.

Mr Neil Cliff
Dept of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University
July 6, 2015

This is a useful theoretical text for backing up practical work and offers exciting ways of framing new geographies.

Dr Jennifer Patterson
School of Education, Greenwich University
May 19, 2015

great book for BA- students.

Miss Mathilde Christensen
Environmental, Social & Spatial Change, University of Roskilde
May 1, 2015

A broad range of contributors, some chapters more accessible and relevant than others.

Ms Anna Hawkins
Urban Studies , Sheffield Hallam University
February 12, 2015

A unique book to discover the roles of prominent figures in geography.

Dr Erdem Bekaroglu
Geography, Ankara University
December 11, 2014

This book gives a significant insight for my students of geopolitical theories class. They can find every significant thinker on geopolitics, their work and thoughts in detail. An excellent study.

Dr Mustafa Palabıyık
Department of International Relations, TOBB University of Economic & Tech
December 10, 2014

Fully revised and updated, this new edition includes 14 additional chapters including entries on Saskia Sassen, Tim Ingold,
Cindi Katz and John Urry.

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