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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (June 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405106727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405106726
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a truly wonderful book. It is short but not trite or superficial. It is in depth without being dense. It is timely without ignoring classic issues and debates. There is a clear pedagogy here, which is often missing in texts, and it is well written by an outstanding geographer, and so I predict this book will sell very well indeed." Michael Brown, University of Washington <!--end-->

"The idea of place lies at the heart of most significant geographical issues, yet place can often be a difficult and highly contested notion. There is no more authoritative writer on place than Tim Cresswell, and here he presents a formidable multifaceted introduction...which should be read by every student of human geography." Paul Cloke, Bristol University

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Place is one of the most fundamental concepts in human geography. This short introduction marries familiar everyday uses of the term with the more complex theoretical debates that have grown up around it. The text makes the debates intelligible to students, using illustrations from the news, popular culture, and everyday life as a way into more abstract ideas. It traces the development of the concept of place from the 1950s through its subsequent appropriation by cultural geography and the linking of place to politics. Substantial parts of exemplary papers by Doreen Massey and David Harvey are included as a focus for discussion, and the author also considers empirical examples of ways in which the concept of place has been mobilised in research. Teaching and learning aids include an annotated bibliography, lists of key readings and texts, a survey of web resources, and suggestions for pedagogical resources and student projects.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adam Greenfield on April 26, 2012
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I'm coming out of a many-year hibernation as regards Amazon reviews to warn you away from this book, and it doesn't give me any pleasure to do so.

I was considering it as a basic text for students in my ITP course "Urban Experience in the Networked Age," who are at graduate level, but generally won't have had much in the way of background in geography. I found the notion of a brisk overview of conceptions of place pretty appealing, and still do. And there are, indeed, a lot of things to like in this book -- it functions very well as an annotated bibliography, albeit an expensive one.

Why no more than that? Unfortunately, in Cresswell's hands, the mischaracterizations (particularly of Lefebvre and Heidegger) crop up early, continue throughout, and would require so much repair and backfill to correct that in the end it's just not worth my time as an instructor. The mischaracterization of work I am acquainted with was serious enough that I began to doubt Cresswell's gloss on writers and thinkers I wasn't familiar with.

There are dozens of typos (among other howlers, Heidegger's Dasein is repeatedly rendered "desein"), sentences go unpunctuated, and beyond matters of copy, the volume stands badly in need of an editor. "Activities and forms of human life and culture which threatened regional and place-based distinctiveness were thus a threat" (p. 18)? You don't say.

The tragedy here is that I'm sure Cresswell's aims and goals are largely identical with my own, and I don't think for a second he set out to write a bad book. I really wish I could wave a magic wand and turn "Place" into the book its author and I both clearly wanted it to be, but sadly, that's beyond my abilities.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Stander on January 10, 2009
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Cresswell's volume is one of the most helpful for those starting out with discussions of place. He deftly moves between the complexities, central figures, and history of place. Cresswell helpfully summarizes many of the arrayed arguments pointing to differences and similarities. Perhaps one of the most helpful components of the text is the Chapter 5 resources for further study of place including books, papers, journals, other approaches, as well as, student projects and exercises to grapple with concepts and practice of place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria on March 25, 2011
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The author has a sense of humor that catches you off-guard when you're reading. This a good book to start off a Rhetoric of Place class, or begin your study of place. Most of the authors referenced in the book are people that I come across again and again in my readings. Great summary book that spans across dozens of lead-aways from discussions of the "other" to being "out of place" and "non-places" etc. Cresswell does a brilliant job of making it all cohesive. I wish he would have added more examples for his chapter on Harvey and Massey, but other than that, he makes some wonderful connections that make it easier to delve into a confusing topic.
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I don't agree with everything Cresswell writes, and I think the book tends to crusade too much against some of the thinking of spatial theorists like Harvey and simplifies Lefebvre a ton. That's perhaps because I came at this from a space-perspective rather than a place one. The book takes on a huge topic to break down, and I think that work is going to always cause the kind of problems that one of the reviewers mentioned. I think it's still useful, and I appreciated the approach of this book and the organization of topics. A helpful beginning point.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J Lindsey on September 11, 2012
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This is a very academic treatment of "place". The book reminds me of President Clinton saying, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." Only a lawyer could parse words so vaguely. The book examines different academic schools of thought of the concept of "place" without actually dealing with "place."

The book doesn't even bother to consider the variety of places: urban; rural; suburban; symbolic-cultural; political; transportational; important; unimportant; organized; unorganized; new; mature; old; blighted. . . . . These are important delineations of space -- and make places have meaning. Have you ever been stuck in traffic and realized that you're really just sitting in a large field? You can see trees, sky, birds, land, and air. You just happen to see buildings, asphalt, and impatient grumpy homo sapiens in moving machines, which are now sitting on top of this field. You are in a particular place. Such an ordinary place has been radically transformed, much like child playing in a sandbox.

While I wanted to enjoy the book, I was disappointed. The book is not recommended for someone wanting to understand location or geography. Still, the author achieved his goal and stuck to his hypothesis statement, which I can respect, if not enjoy. I will keep it in my library should I need a footnote for some esoteric urban-geography article.
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Tim Cresswell is Professor of History and International Affairs at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. His research interests center on the role of geographical ways of thinking in the constitution of social and cultural life both historically and in the present day western world. He is the author of five books including, most recently Geographic Thought: A Critical Introduction (Blackwell, 2013) and On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World (Routledge, 2006). He has also co-edited four volumes on place and mobility including Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects (Ashgate, 2011) Cresswell is also a poet and he explores similar themes in his debut collection Soil (Penned in the Margins, 2013).

Prior to arriving at Northeastern, Cresswell worked at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London (2006-2013), University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1999-2006) and University of Wales, Lampeter (1993-1999). He is a managing editor of the journal cultural geographies.

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