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Edited by Dr Rob Kitchen, Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, the Key Concepts in Human Geography series is an innovative set of companion texts for undergraduate students of the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, they provide a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in their field. All books in the series are authored by internationally recognized academics and include an introductory chapter and extensive pedagogic features in the form of a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading. Morrissey et al have produced a detailed yet expansive guide to an area in which students have been poorly served in the past. Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world. This new and innovative includes entries on: Colonial and Postcolonial geographies Globalization Space Power Intended Audience: Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an excellent text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Historical Geography.

Performance, Spectacle and Power
Performance, spectacle and power
Yvonne Whelan
Introduction: Historical Geographies of Spectacle and Performance

In interrogating the historical geographies of spectacles, parades and public performances, historical and cultural geographers have foregrounded the role of public parades as rituals of remembrance, as well as choreographed expressions of power. A range of studies have focused attention on the politics of ritual and spectacle in different international contexts (Goheen, 1993; Jarman and Bryan, 1998; Cronin and Adair, 2001). Research has shown that as ‘landscape metaphors’, parades have a multi-faceted impact which is mediated materially and militarily, as well as through pageantry, illuminations, fanfare, music and the skilful appropriation of aspects of the past and public memory. A recurring theme in this growing body of work on the ...

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