“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 26: For Space (2005): Doreen Massey
For Space (2005): Doreen Massey
For the future to be open, space must be open too. (Massey, 2005: 12)
On page 108 of For Space, an impassioned book that discloses the theoretical and political challenges of thinking space, a map of part of the South-East of England is inscribed with a very simple if perhaps initially puzzling phrase: ‘ceci n'est pas l'espace’
The phrase recalls Rene Magritte's famous inscription below a painting of a pipe: ‘ceci n'est pas une pipe’ (this is not a pipe). Initially, like Margritte's phrase, it may seem odd – counterintuitive perhaps – since we are being rather bluntly informed that a map of roads [Page 226]and motorways, railway lines, topography, fields and villages is not space. Odd because ...