Geographies of Resistance

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Steve Pile, Michael Keith
Psychology Press, 1997 - Science - 315 pages
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Until very recently questions of resistance seemed straightforward, addressed in terms of an analysis of power.
This book demonstrates how new, radical geographies of resistance emerge, develop and operate. Radical cultural politics, exemplified by the black, feminist and gay liberation, has developed struggles to turn sites of oppression and discrimination into spaces of resistance. Post-colonial and queer theory have opened up new political spaces. Whether resistance is an act of transgression (crossing borders), opposition (such as constructing barricades), or everyday endurance (staying in place), these are geographies where space is constitutive of the social. Leading contemporary geographers draw on material from around the world, including Israel, Nepal, Canada, Philippines, Australia and Nigeria. Recasting current themes in critical human geography - politics, identity and place - the contributors introduce unexplored notions of resistance, offering exciting insights for those exploring social, cultural, urban, political and development issues in different worlds of change.
  

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A valuable collection of studies on domination/resistance and space. I couldn't really understand Thrift's view point on performative resistance of dance. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
BLACK GOLD WHITE HEAT
33
A SPATIALITY OF RESISTANCES
68
REMAPPING RESISTANCE
87
DANCING ON THE
109
THE STILL POINT
124
RADICAL POLITICS OUT OF PL ACE?
152
PERFORMING INOPERATIVE COMMUNITY
184
RESISTING RECONCILIATION
203
IDENTITY AUTHENTICITY AND MEMORY
219
LOCAL CULTURES AND URBAN PROTESTS
236
SPATIAL POLITICSSOCIAL MOVEMENTS
258
CONCLUSION
277
Bibliography
287
Index
309
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My research is primarily concerned with the relationship between place and the politics of identity. For example, I have undertaken a series of investigations into the relationship between the city, everyday life and the spatial constitution of power. This work has found outlets in projects such as City A-Z and also a sole authored book, Real Cities: modernity, space and the phantasmagorias of city life. This book makes a case for taking seriously the more imaginary, fantasmatic and emotional aspects of urbanism. Drawing inspiration from the work of Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Georg Simmel and various psychogeographers, Real Cities explores the dream-like and ghost-like experiences of city life. A further strand of work has been to intervene in how Geography, as a Discipline, is conceived in terms of its practices, content and approaches. My main contribution has been to promote the legitimacy of a psychoanalytic approach to Geography, as first set out in The Body and the City. However, this project has also involved a more cultural take on Geography itself. This can be seen in both the Handbook of Cultural Geography and Patterned Ground. The work I am conducting over the next few years, however, focuses on the body. This project is tentatively titled Fantastic Bodies. It is expected that the final outcome will be a sole authored book.

Michael Keith is the co-specification lead of EJB 3.0 and also a member of the Java EE 5 expert group. He holds a master's of science in computing from Carleton University and has over 15 years of teaching, research, and practical experience in object persistence. He has implemented persistence systems for Fortune 100 corporations on a host of technologies, including relational and object databases, XML, directory services, and custom data formats. Since the fledgling EJB days he has worked on EJB implementations and integrations of multiple application servers. He has written various papers and articles and spoken at numerous conferences about EJB 3.0. He is currently employed at Oracle as a persistence architect.

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