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.
Chapter 5: Dis/Ordering Space I: The Case of Nature
Dis/Ordering Space I: The Case of Nature
Spatiality, however constructed, simultaneously unifies and separates. (Harvey, 1996)
Post-structuralism in geography focuses on the ways that dynamic and complex processes move through and across space, modifying spatial entities, recasting spatial relations. Following the material presented in previous chapters, it might be assumed that as societies become fragmented and striated by networks, so processes of spatial decomposition (referred to in Chapter 1 above) will generate increasingly complex topologies in which complexity and fluidity continually undermine simplicity and stability. Yet, in the last chapter, we began to see that topologies do not always displace topographies: at certain times and in certain places, topographical spatial formations can be consolidated within topological relations; reterritorialization inevitably follows ...