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Spaces of Representation/Representational Spaces

  • By: Stefano Bloch
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The terms spaces of representation and representational spaces form part of the spatial theorist Henri Lefebvre's conceptual triad used to distinguish between different types of spaces and the different ways in which space is produced. Representational spaces, or spaces of representation, as the original les espaces de représentation is more commonly translated, is conceptualized as the everyday space that people produce, inhabit, and act within. Similar to the concept of “place,” spaces of representation consist of day-to-day human networks, a diversity of urban aestheticization processes, and the complex symbolisms of the underground and vernacular side of social life. The notion of spaces of representation has been used by cultural geographers in thinking about the production of the urban environment as the manifestation of abstract economic ...

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