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Textures of Place

Exploring Humanist Geographies

2001

Paul C. Adams, Steven Hoelscher, and Karen E. Till, editors

Textures of Place

Essays that point to the emergence of a critical humanist geography.

The contributors to this volume-distinguished scholars from geography, art history, philosophy, anthropology, and American and English literature-investigate the ways in which place is embedded in everyday experience, its crucial role in the formation of group and individual identity, and its ability to reflect and reinforce power relations.

Contributors: Anne Buttimer, Edward S. Casey, Denis Cosgrove, Tim Cresswell, Michael Curry, Dydia DeLyser, James S. Duncan, Nancy G. Duncan, J. Nicholas Entrikin, William Howarth, John Paul Jones III, David Ley, David Lowenthal, Karal Ann Marling, Patrick McGreevy, Kenneth R. Olwig, Marijane Osborn, Gillian R. Overing, Edward Relph, Miles Richardson, Robert D. Sack, Jonathan M. Smith, Yi-Fu Tuan, April R. Veness, Wilbur Zelinsky.

Textures of Place is an important compendium of issues of space and place, globalism and localism, and the virtual and visceral realities that vex our times. It contains a remarkable number of evocative, engaging, often path-breaking essays written by scholars with minds of their own.

Michael Steiner, California State University, Fullerton

Textures of Place

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Essays that point to the emergence of a critical humanist geography.

A fresh and far-ranging interpretation of the concept of place, this volume begins with a fundamental tension of our day: as communications technologies help create a truly global economy, the very political-economic processes that would seem to homogenize place actually increase the importance of individual localities, which are exposed to global flows of investment, population, goods, and pollution. Place, no less today than in the past, is fundamental to how the world works.

The contributors to this volume-distinguished scholars from geography, art history, philosophy, anthropology, and American and English literature-investigate the ways in which place is embedded in everyday experience, its crucial role in the formation of group and individual identity, and its ability to reflect and reinforce power relations. Their essays draw from a wide array of methodologies and perspectives-including feminism, ethnography, poststructuralism, ecocriticism, and landscape iconography-to examine themes as diverse as morality and imagination, attention and absence, personal and group identity, social structure, home, nature, and cosmos.

Contributors: Anne Buttimer, U College Dublin; Edward S. Casey, SUNY Stony Brook; Denis Cosgrove, UCLA; Tim Cresswell, U of Wales, Aberystwyth; Michael Curry, UCLA; Dydia DeLyser, Louisiana State U; James S. Duncan, U of Cambridge; Nancy G. Duncan, U of Cambridge; J. Nicholas Entrikin, UCLA; William Howarth, Princeton U; John Paul Jones III, U of Kentucky; David Ley, U of British Columbia; David Lowenthal, U College London; Karal Ann Marling, U of Minnesota; Patrick McGreevy, Clarion U; Kenneth R. Olwig, U of Trondheim, Norway; Marijane Osborn, UC Davis; Gillian R. Overing, Wake Forest U; Edward Relph, U of Toronto; Miles Richardson, Louisiana State U; Robert D. Sack, U of Wisconsin-Madison; Jonathan M. Smith, Texas A&M U; Yi-Fu Tuan, U of Wisconsin-Madison; April R. Veness, U of Delaware; and Wilbur Zelinsky, Pennsylvania State U.

ISBN 0-8166-3756-3 Cloth £45.00 $64.95xx
ISBN 0-8166-3757-1 Paper £18.00 $25.95x
576 Pages 34 black-and-white photos, 1 table 7 x 10 February
Translation Inquiries: University of Minnesota Press

Textures of Place

Paul C. Adams is assistant professor of geography at Texas A & M University. Steven Hoelscher is assistant professor of American studies and geography at the University of Texas, Austin. Karen E. Till is assistant professor of geography at the University of Minnesota.

Textures of Place

Textures of Place is an important compendium of issues of space and place, globalism and localism, and the virtual and visceral realities that vex our times. It contains a remarkable number of evocative, engaging, often path-breaking essays written by scholars with minds of their own.

Michael Steiner, California State University, Fullerton

A good addition to any graduate seminar that addresses issues of place. Most importantly, the introductions to the book and different sections are innovative and accessible and should be read by anyone who wants to understand the evolution of humanist geographies.

Gender, Place and Culture

This is a good book, best perhaps for the range of humanist geographies on offer—some refreshingly new.

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

There is no doubt that Tuan’s work has influenced the way in which geographers undertake geography. One of Tuan’s objectives in all his works has been to stimulate people to think in innovative ways. This book is no different. Read it. And think about thinking differently.

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