Mapping the Subject: Geographies of Cultural Transformation

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Steve Pile, N. J. Thrift
Psychology Press, 1995 - Science - 414 pages
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"With no precise boundaries, always on the move and too complex to be defined by space and time, is it possible to map the human subject? This book attempts to do just this, exploring the places of the subject in contemporary culture. The editors approach this subject from four main aspects-its construction, sexuality, limits and politics-using a wide ranging review of literature on subjectivity across the social and human sciences. The first part of the book establishes the idea that the subject is constructed through detailed histories of the subject. The second part shows that sexuality cannot be assumed to be natural through the contributors' research on the place of sexuality in subjectivity and subjectivity in sexuality. The essays in the third part take issue with the idea of a singular, self-contained identity. Power relations and the effects of power are consistent themes throughout the book and the final section deals explicitly with relations of power, whether organized around gender, race, class or other kinds of difference." http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0648/94023747-d.html.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
MAPPING THE SUBJECT
13
Introduction
55
MAPS AND POLAR REGIONS
77
THE ART OF RIGHT LIVING
93
FAMILIES AND DOMESTIC ROUTINES
123
THE SEXED SELF
141
WOMEN ON TRIAL
158
EXPLORING THE SUBJECT IN HYPERREALITY
241
Personal context in a postmodern world
267
Introduction
285
Psychology postmodernity and the popular
309
MAKING SPACE FOR THE FEMALE SUBJECT OF FEMINISM
332
ETHNIC ENTREPRENEURS AND STREET REBELS
355
CONCLUSIONS
371
Bibliography
381

MEN HETEROSEXUALITIES AND EMOTIONAL LIFE
170
Introduction
195
BODIES WITHOUT ORGANS
226

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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.

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