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Lost Geographies of Powerby John Allen
Synopses & Reviews
Lost Geographies of Power offers a compelling account of the difference that space makes to our understanding of power. The aim of the book is to unsettle the idea that power can be held, centred in people and institutions, and transmitted intact across the contemporary landscape. We have lost sight, in the everyday sense, of the ways in which proximity and reach, distance and mobility, place and presence, actually shift the register of power. We have lost sight too, certainly among geographers, of the diversity of power – that authority, coercion, seduction and manipulation are neither one and the same thing, nor reducible to the business of domination.
Drawing upon the work of social theorists who have implicated space in their reasoning of power, such as Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, Michael Mann, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, the author sets out their spatial vocabularies of power and highlights their limitations.
It makes vital reading for anyone interested in how power actually 'works' in and across society. This book will be invaluable for students and academics in human geography, sociology, cultural studies and politics.
This original study explores the difference that space and spatiality make to the understanding of power.
About the Author
John Allen is Professor of Economic Geography at the Open University. His recent publications include Rethinking the Region: Spaces of Neoliberalism (1998, with Doreen Massey and Allan Cochrane) and Human Geography Today (1999, with Doreen Massey and Phil Sarre).
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Preface.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Lost Geographies.
Part I: Spatial Vocabularies of Power.
Chapter 2: Power in Things: Weber's Footnotes from the Centre.
Chapter 3: Power through mobilization: From Mann's Networked Productions to Castells' Networked Fictions.
Chapter 4: Power as an Immanent Affair: Foucault and Deleuze's Topographical Detail.
Part II: Lost Geographies.
Chapter 5: Power in its Various Guises (and Disguises).
Chapter 6: Proximity and Reach: Were There Powers at a Distance before Latour?
Chapter 7: Placing Power, or the Mischief Done by Thinking Domination is Everywhere.
Chapter 8: Conclusion: Misplaced Power.
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