The Spatial Turn
Edited by Barney Warf, Santa Arias
Routledge – 2009 – 240 pages
Across the disciplines, the study of space has undergone a profound and sustained transformation. Space, place, mapping, and geographical imaginations have become commonplace topics in a variety of analytical fields in part because globalization has accentuated the significance of location. While this transformation has led to a renaissance in human geography, it also has manifested itself in the humanities and other social sciences. The purpose of this book is not to announce that space is significant, which by now is well known, but to explore how space is analyzed by a variety of disciplines, to compare and contrast these approaches, identify commonalities, and explore how and why differences appear.
The volume includes works by 13 scholars from a variety of geographical regions and disciplines. The chapters combine up-to-date literature reviews concerning the role of space in each discipline and several offer original empirical analyses. Some chapters are concerned with Geography while others explore the role of space in contemporary Anthropology, Sociology, Religion, Political Science, Film, and Cultural Studies. The introduction surveys the development of the spatial turn across the fields under consideration.
Despite frequent reference to the spatial turn, this is the first volume to explicitly address how theory and practice concerning space, is used in a variety of fields from diverse conceptual perspectives. This book will appeal to everyone conducting conceptual and theoretical research on space, not simply in Geography, but in related fields as well.
1. Introduction (Barney Warf and Santa Arias) 2. Taking Space Personally (Edward W. Soja) 3. Spacing Movements (Sebastián Cobarrubias and John Pickles) 4. From Surfaces to Networks (Barney Warf) 5. Geography, Postcommunism, and Comparative Politics (Jeffrey Kopstein) 6. Retheorizing Global Space in Sociology (Harry Dahms) 7. Sex and the Modern City (Pamela K. Gilbert) 8. The Geopolitics of Historiography from Europe to the Americas (Santa Arias) 9. "To See a World in a Grain of Sand": Space and Place on an Ethnographical Journey in Colombia (Margarita Serje) 10. Spatiality and Religion (John Corrigan) 11. The Cultural Production of Space in Colonial Latin America (Mariselle Meléndez) 12. Documentary as a Space of Intuition (Joan Ramon Resina)
Barney Warf is Professor of Geography at the Unioversity of Kansas. His research and teaching interests lie within the broad domain of human geography, particularly economic and political issues. Santa Arias is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas. She specializes in the literatures of colonial Latin America and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature and culture.