Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory. Edward W. Soja. New York: Verso, pp., maps, diags., index and biblio. Postmodern Geographies. The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory. EDWARD W SOJA. VERSO. London New York. Apr 24, Soja, Edward W. Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory. London: Verso. [Ch ]. I learned a lot.

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David Sibley Chapter Minca, C’Postmodern geographies Verso books has made available one of Edward W. Geographies of Exclusion Soja shows quite admirably how geography and Marxism joined together in a rather fortunate combination, beginning with urban studies and international political economy.

Jul 28, Malcolm rated it really liked it Shelves: The Limits to Capital He credits Foucault and John Berger with being soia of the more forceful correctives of this tradition; though, I think his characterization of space in Foucault is somewhat postmosern.

Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory by Edward W. Soja

Postmodern Geographies is a collection of 9 essays which each deal with aspects of space in critical social theory. Yavuz rated it liked it Jun 26, It’s in this chapter that Soja’s spatial vision is most lucid, and it’s damn interesting. But seeing the classic images of marching columns of protestors, barricades, and grassroots rallies is something never seen before by a young leftist raised almost entirely after the collapse of the USSR. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Soja focuses his critical postmodern analysis of space and society, or what he calls spatiality, on the people and places of Los Angeles. David Harvey Chapter Soja offers some spectacular figures on the immense economic output of Los Angeles, and shows empirically just how fractured and unequal the built environment is. The hegemony of historicism in critical social theory is a prime culprit of not critically analyzing the instrumentality of space and spatial relationships, according to Soja.


Lefebvre’s The Production of Space is I think more useful although both are hard to grapple with, and it was not available in English when this book came out so for many of us it was our first introdcution to Lefebvre.

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However, I strongly recommend the chapter “Reassertions: Books by Edward W. Soja developed a theory of Thirdspace in which “everything comes together… subjectivity and objectivity, the abstract and the concrete, the real and the imagined, the knowable and the unimaginable, the repetitive and the differential, structure and agency, mind and body, consciousness and the unconscious, the disciplined and the transdisciplinary, everyday life and unending history.

To ask other readers questions about Postmodern Geographiesplease sign up. But they weren’t, really. We are also shown how other sojja names in critical theory have incorporated spatiality into their works. Reading about Marxism and geography feels a bit like peering into a family album. The last two chapters looked hopeful: This is definitely less accessible than some of Soja’s other work, but it does provide a productive overview of some of Lefebvre.

Locational Geoographies in Human Geography In the University of Minnesota Press released his work on spatial justice[2] which was followed in with his “My Los Angeles” published by the University of California Press.

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University of California Press. Showing the extent of this resistance, He is able to exhibit the originality of Henri Lefebvre’s thought in approaching space as well as tracing the awakening of Michel Foucault to the usefulness that geography would have in his own investigation of social institutions. Reporters were on hand to record the slogans, the acts of social solidarity, and the faces of Egyptians themselves; many of whom were experiencing the freedom to assemble freely for the first time in their lives.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Written by one of America’s foremost geographers, Postmodern Geographies contests the tendency, still dominant in most social science, to reduce human geography to a reflective mirror, or, as Marx called it, an “unnecessary complication.

Soja introduced six visions for the City of Los Angeles. Open Preview See a Problem?

Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory

Aug 04, Michael Alarid rated it it was amazing. Verso- Science – pages. Preview — Postmodern Geographies by Edward W. Soja is throughly correct to note the absence and assert the importance of podtmodern spatial dimension to social theory that has for too long privileged the temporal I say that as a historian.

There is something refreshingly old fashioned about seeing this kind of street politics reemerging.

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Chapters Chapter 15 The Condition of Postmodernity He also takes a step in the opposite direction by becoming less theoretical and applying his and other critical theorists’ ideas on spatiality to a geographical portrait of Los Angeles. veographies

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