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Doreen Massey
Critical Dialogues

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

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ISBN 9781911116875
392 pages | 234 x 156mm | July 2018
Series: Economic Transformations


These specially commissioned essays, many from some of Doreen Massey’s long-time interlocutors and collaborators, interrogate both the generative sources and the potential of Massey’s remarkably wide-ranging and influential oeuvre. They provide readers with an unparalleled assessment of the political and social context that gave rise to many of Massey’s key ideas and contributions – such as spatial divisions of labour, power-geometries, and a “global sense of place” – and how they subsequently travelled, and were translated and transformed, both within and outside of academia.

Looking forward, rather than merely backward, the collection also highlights some of the diverse ways in which Massey’s formulations and frameworks provide a basis for new interventions in contemporary debates over immigration, financialization, macroeconomic crises, political engagement beyond academia, North-South development cooperation, and more. The collection stands as a testament to the continuing relevance of Massey’s work across a wide range of fields and serves as an excellent companion to the volume of Massey's own writings, The Doreen Massey Reader, published simultaneously and also compiled by the editors.


1. Doreen Massey: A Critical Life
Marion Werner, Jamie Peck, Rebecca Lave and Brett Christophers

Part I: Thinking Relationally
2. A Woman's Place: Manchester on Our Mind
Linda McDowell

3. Trainspotting in Bethlehem
Michael Dear

4. Doreen Massey's Dark Past: Regional Science, Linear Programming, Game Theory and Industrial Location Models
Trevor Barnes

5. Why Did Space Matter to Doreen Massey?
Michael Rustin

6. The Nature of River Restoration: Bridging the Divide between Physical and Social Geography
Frank Magilligan

7. Displacements, Dispossessions and Spatialities of a Politics of Common Cause
Geraldine Pratt

8. Becoming a Geographer: Massey Moments in a Spatial Education
Gillian Hart

9. From the Politics of Space to the Birdwatcher's Hide
Andrew Sayer

Part II: The Space of Politics
10. Massey, Spatial Divisions of Labour and the Construction of Places
Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson

11. Doreen Matters: Ways of Understanding and Being in the World
Nuria Benach and Abel Albeti Mas

12. Space, Place, Nature and the Enduring Importance of Public Intellectualism
Nik Heynen, Caroline Keegan and Nikki Luke

13. Hegemonies are not Totalities! Repoliticizing Poverty as a Site of Resistance
Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood

14. Getting Political: Academic Activism in Formal Politics
Karin Schwiter

15. "The Here and Now?" Diagnosing the Time and Space of the Conjuncture
John Clarke

Part III: Worlds in Place
16. Capital and Land: An Enduring Problem
Richard A. Walker and Erica Schoenberger

17. Industrial Restructuring, Spatial Divisions of Labour and the Political Place of Locality Studies
Richard Meegan

18. Where is London?
Allan Cochrane

19. Massey's World City Framework and the Role of London in the European Union
Nina Martin

20. The Singular and the Universal: The Conundrums of Southern Urban Theory
Vinay Gidwani

21. Urban Politics Beyond Place: Grassroots Struggles for Socio-Spatial Justice
Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard

22. Reading Doreen Massey at the Border: Global Factory, Supply Chains and Geographical Uneven Development
Christian Berndt

Part IV: Responsibilities Beyond Place
23. Doreen Massey and Latin America
Perla Zusman

24. Place, Power and Geometries of Migration
Alison Mount and Jennifer Hyndman

25. Distance, Difference and Responsibility
Susan Roberts

26. Responsibility, Precarity and the Problematic of Place in Global Philanthropy
Matthew Sparke and Katharyne Mitchell

27. Geographical Imaginations of Pension Divestment Campaigns
Kendra Strauss

28. From Nicaragua to Kilburn: Regional Perspectives on the Conjuncture
John Pickles

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:

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:

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:

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:

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