“An essential synopsis of essential readings that every human geographer must read. It is highly recommended for those just embarking on their careers as well as those who need a reminder of how and why geography moved from the margins of social thought to its very core.” —Barney Warf, Florida State University “Key Texts in Human Geography will surely become a ‘key text’ itself. Read any chapter and you will want to compare it with another. Before you realize, an afternoon is gone and then you are tracking down the originals…” —James D. Sidaway, School of Geography, University of Plymouth A unique resource for students, Key Texts in Human Geography provides concise but rigorous overviews of the key texts that have formed post-war human geography. The text has been designed as a student-friendly guide that will: explain the text in relation to the geographical debates at the time of writing discuss the text's main arguments and sources of evidence review the initial reception, subsequent evaluation, and continued influence of each key texts contribution to how geographers understand space and place Intended Audience: Written in a clear and accessible way, by acknowledged scholars of the texts, an essential resources for undergraduates, Key Texts in Human Geography will be widely used and highly cited in courses on methods and approaches in geography.
Chapter 25: Cities (2002): Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift
Cities (2002): Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift
Cities have to be seen less a series of locations on which categorical attributes are piled, and more as forces and intensities that move around and from which, because of their constant ingestions, mergers and symbioses, the new constantly proceeds… Life in the city contains magical powers; it is full to brimming with an abundance of life… (Amin and Thrift, 2002: 91)
Urban geography and urban studies is a discipline populated by Big Things. Cities for a start. They are by definition big. Motorways and mass transportation systems, urban redevelopment projects, and suburban shopping malls are pretty big too. Then there are skyscrapers, mega-projects, new-towns, edge-cities, again all large, obvious, written across the ...