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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.

Space in a Network Topology
Space in a network topology

To attend to the politics of becoming is to modify the cultural balance between being and becoming without attempting the impossible, self-defeating task of dissolving solid formations altogether. (Connelly, 1999)

Introduction

Actor-network theory builds on Foucaultian theory by showing how power is conducted within network formations. Power, in this view, lies in the heterogeneous materials assembled in networks in accordance with the need to make actions (scientific or otherwise) durable through space and time. Networks draw materials together into new configurations. Each network traces its own trajectory and this trajectory reflects a convergence of factors, including the combination of entities used in network construction, the relations established between these entities, and the ordering impulses of the network builder. ...

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