This Reader recounts the story of the emergence and impact of postmodern thought in human geography. The editors have brought together in a single volume the pivotal writings of the period since 1965. Through these, and their connecting narratives, the editors engage with what has been the most invigorating intellectual roller-coaster ride in geography's recent history. Part one of the volume traces the shift in human geography from a plethora of pre-postmodern paradigms to the emergence of a postmodern consciousness. Part two outlines an agenda for a postmodern human geographical theory and practice that sympathetically intersects with feminism, postcolonialism, cultural studies, and environmentalism. This critical account of the spaces of postmodernity will be required reading for anyone interested in the production of place, and the state of contemporary social theory.
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Author Biography - Michael J. Dear
Michael Dear is Professor of Geography and Director of the Southern California Studies Center at the University of Southern California. He was recently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989. He received Honors from the Association of American Geographers in 1995. He is the author/editor of a dozen books including most recently The Postmodern Urban Condition (Blackwell, 2000), and From Chicago to LA: Making Sense of Urban Theory (Sage, 2001). Steven Flusty
is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Southern California. He is the author of numerous articles for academic journals, professional publications and the popular press, as well as a monograph on spaces of surveillant control entitled "Building Paranoia: The Proliferation of Interdictory Space and the Erosion of Spatial Justice." In addition to his current, on-going research into the everyday practices of global formation, he has worked in industrial design, architecture, and urban design for both the public and private sectors.