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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.

Dis/Ordering Space III: The Case of Food
Dis/ordering space III: The case of food

It is never simply a matter of speed […] but of speed and slowness. There can be no acceleration without a parallel deceleration, no convergence without divergence, and no compression without decompression. (Doel, 1999)

Introduction

In the previous chapter, we examined the emergence of particular govern-mentalities in the arena of land-use planning. These governmentalities had developed on the basis of distinct spatial imaginaries, conceptions of the spatial realm that define legitimate planning actions and interventions. Two main spatial imaginaries were identified: first, topographical conceptions of well-ordered spaces in which entities are arranged by powerful technologies of planning (the map, the survey, the computer package and so forth); second, topological conceptions in which social, economic ...

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