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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.

Spaces of Heterogeneous Association
Spaces of heterogeneous association

Look upon it this way: the search for pattern is an attempt to tell stories about ordering that connect together local outcomes. (Law, 1994)

Introduction

As we have seen in Chapter 2, Foucault portrays space as intrinsic to discursive regimes. Within such regimes, power, knowledge and space mutually compose one another. As power relations come into being, discourses, knowledges and spaces gain shape – they co-evolve in complex ways, coiling around one another until some kind of stability emerges. Thus, within these heterogeneous assemblages any separation of the discursive and the spatial becomes almost impossible to conceive: knowledge is materialized in practice, practice is materialized in the body, and the body is immersed in modes of spatial organization that in ...

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