Doreen Massey

Critical Dialogues

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

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ISBN 9781911116851
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400 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  31 July 2018


"In twenty-six essays, organised bravely into three categories (‘contexts’, ‘conjunctures’ and ‘connections’), and preceded by a superb editorial essay entitled ‘Out of Place’, the contributors map out the roots and routes of key themes in Doreen's thinking, from her movement into an elite world of higher education from working-class Wythenshawe, through her early critiques of location theory, to her mature work on spatial divisions of labour, feminist geography, global senses of place and spatial politics ... There are some gems in this book ... Doreen Massey: Critical Dialogues does a great service in helping future readers of Massey's work to place these various contributions in context." – Felix Driver, Journal of Historical Geography


Doreen Massey was a creative scholar, inspiring teacher and restless activist. Her path-breaking thinking about space, place, politics and economy changed not only geography but the critical social sciences, initiating new ways of seeing, understanding and indeed transforming the world.

This collection of commissioned essays, including from Doreen Massey’s long-time interlocutors and collaborators, explores both the generative sources and the continuing potential of her remarkably wide-ranging and influential body of work. It provides 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 the 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 the many 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, and more.

Doreen Massey: Critical Dialogues is a testament to the continuing relevance of Doreen Massey’s work across a wide range of fields, serving as an invaluable companion to the new collection of Massey's own writings, The Doreen Massey Reader, published simultaneously and also compiled by the editors.


1. Out of place: Doreen Massey, radical geographer
Jamie Peck, Marion Werner, Rebecca Lave and Brett Christophers

Part I: Contexts
2. North and South: spatial divisions in a life lived geographically
Linda McDowell

3. He dark past
Trevor Barnes

4. Trainspotting in Bethlehem
Michael Dear

5. Becoming a geographer: Massey moments in a spatial education
Gillian Hart

6. Why did space matter to Doreen Massey?
Michael Rustin

7. Ontology and the politics of space
Andrew Sayer

8. Doreen matters: ways of understanding and being in the world
Nuria Benach and Abel Albet

9. Just carry on being different
Susan M. Roberts

Part II: Conjunctures
10. From "the" North to "the" South: spatializing the conjuncture in British cultural studies
John Pickles

11. Reflections on Capital and Land by Massey and Catalano
Richard Walker and Erica Schoenberger

12. The road to Brexit on the British coalfields
Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson

13. Industrial restructuring and spatial divisions of labour: understanding uneven regional development in the UK
Richard Meegan

14. Where is London?
Allan Cochrane

15. Finding place in the conjuncture: a dialogue with Doreen
John Clarke

16. Lampedusa in Hamburg and the "throwntogetherness" of global city citizenship
Matthew Sparke and Katharyne Mitchell

17. Hegemonies are not totalities! Repoliticizing poverty as resistance
Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood

Part III: Connections
18. Doreen Massey's urban political ecology
Nik Heynen, Nikki Luke and Caroline Keegan

19. The sociogeomorphology of river restoration: dam removal and the politics of place
Francis Magilligan, Christopher Sneddon and Coleen Fox

20. Film and thinking space
Geraldine Pratt with Jessica Jacobs

21. Geographical imaginations of pension divestment campaigns
Kendra Strauss

22. Doreen Massey and Latin America
Perla Zusman

23. Grassroots struggles for the city of the many: from the politics of spatiality to the spatialities of politics
Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard

24. Towards a queer phenomenology of social reproduction: insights from life histories of informal economy workers in urban india
Priti Ramamurthy and Vinay Gidwani

25. Barriers, benchmarks, bad hombres: global factory, supply chains and labour at the Mexico–US border
Christian Berndt

26. Place and the power-geometries of migration
Jennifer Hyndman and Alison Mountz

Epilogue: "How we will miss that chuckle": my friend, Doreen Massey
Hilary Wainwright

Author Information

Marion Werner is an Associate 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 (2016).

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.

Rebecca Lave is an Associate Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Expertise (2012) and co-editor of the Handbook of Political Economy of Science (2017) and the Handbook of Critical Physical Geography (2017).

Brett Christophers is Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is Editor of Environment and Planning A and his books include, most recently, The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law (2016).

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