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Post-structuralist Geography is a highly accessible introduction to post-structuralist theory that critically assesses how post-structuralism can be used to study space and place. Key Features: Offers a thorough appraisal of the work of key post-structuralist thinkers, including Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, and Bruno Latour; Provides case studies to elucidate, illustrate, and apply the theory; Presents boxed summaries of complex arguments which — with the engaging writing style — provide a clear overview of post-structuralist approaches to the study of space and place; Comprehensive and comprehensible — communicating a new and exciting agenda for human geography. Post-structuralist Geography is the students’ essential guide to the theoretical literature.

Theories
Theories
Introduction

One objective of the analysis presented in the following pages is to trace theoretical continuities through differing versions of post-structuralism. With this objective in mind, the theoretical part of the book begins by assessing the contribution of Michel Foucault to both the development of post-structuralist geography and understandings of relational space. Foucault provides a useful starting point because his work spans the structuralist/post-structuralist shift identified in Chapter 1. In his early writings, Foucault still operates within the structuralist paradigm, and while he has some interesting things to say about space during this phase, he only becomes a significant geographical thinker once he moves more fully into (what we now call) post-structuralism. Foucault's later writings provide us with some wonderfully detailed and insightful geographies of ...

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