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The Doreen Massey Reader

Edited by Brett Christophers, Rebecca Lave, Jamie Peck, Marion Werner

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ISBN 9781911116820
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288 pages | 234 x 156mm | November 2017
Series: Economic Transformations
 

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Doreen Massey (1944–2016) was one of the most influential geographers of the late-twentieth and early-twenty first centuries. Her ideas on space, region, identity, ethics and capital transformed the field itself, while also attracting a wide audience in sociology, planning, political economy, cultural studies, gender studies, and beyond. The significance of her contributions is difficult to overstate. Massey established both scholarly substance and political salience for the claim that “geography matters”, not as a dry defence of disciplinary turf but as a rallying cry.

Through her most influential concepts – such as power-geometries and a “global sense of place” – she insisted on the active role of regions and places not simply in bearing the brunt of restructuring, but in reshaping the uneven geographies of global capital. These concepts became key tools in the analytical repertoire in geography and beyond, influencing globalization debates of the 1990s. Right up until her death, Massey’s work integrated theory and politics, analyzing how global forces articulated with the particularities of place and politics – in the interests of challenging and transforming both.

This collection of Massey’s writings brings together for the first time her formative contributions, showcasing the continuing relevance of her ideas to current debates on financialization, globalization, immigration and nationalism, among other topics. With introductions and explanatory notes from the editors, the collection provides an unrivalled introduction to the range and depth of Massey’s contributions, which are sure to remain an essential touchstone for social theory and critical geography for generations to come.


Author Information

Brett Christophers is Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is Editor of Environment and Planning A and the author of four books, most recently The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law (Harvard, 2016) and Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Email: brett.christophers@kultgeog.uu.se.

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He is Managing Editor of Environment and Planning A and the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism (Minnesota, 2015) and Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (Oxford, 2010). Email: jamie.peck@ubc.ca.

Marion Werner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She is the author of Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Email: wernerm@buffalo.edu.

Rebecca Lave is an Associate Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has published in journals ranging from Science to Social Studies of Science, and is the author of Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Expertise (2012). She is also co-editor of the Handbook of Political Economy of Science (2017) and the Handbook of Critical Physical Geography (2017). Email: rlave@indiana.edu.

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