Place: A Short Introduction

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Wiley, Jun 7, 2004 - Science - 153 pages
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Place is one of the most fundamental concepts in human geography. This short introduction marries familiar everyday uses of the term with the more complex theoretical debates that have grown up around it.

This text makes debates about intelligible to students, using illustrations from the news, popular culture, and everyday life as a way into more abstract ideas. It traces the development of the concept of place from the 1950s through its subsequent appropriation by cultural geography and the linking of place to politics. Substantial parts of exemplary papers by Doreen Massey and David Harvey are included as a focus for discussion, and the author also considers empirical examples of ways in which the concept of place has been mobilised in research.

Teaching and learning aids include an annotated bibliography, lists of key readings and texts, a survey of web resources, and suggestions for pedagogical resources and student projects.

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Cresswell offers a great introduction to spatial theory in relation to place. Anyone interested in starting out in this field, should read this book just to get his or her feet wet. The bibliography was extensive. Read full review

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User Review  - Elisa - Goodreads

As an introduction on Place Theory this small book is great. Reading it made me really rethink the spaces and places around me and how value is imbued into such innocuous entities. Informative but dry at times I enjoyed reading this just for the new theory and ideas it outlined for me. Read full review

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Tim Cresswell is Professor in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is the author of In Place / Out of Place (1996) and The Tramp in America (2001). He is also the co-editor of Mobilizing Place. Placing Mobility (2003) and Engaging Film (2002).

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