By Barney Warf, Santa Arias
Around the disciplines, the research of house has passed through a profound and sustained transformation. house, position, mapping, and geographical imaginations became common subject matters in quite a few analytical fields partially simply because globalization has accentuated the importance of situation. whereas this modification has resulted in a renaissance in human geography, it additionally has manifested itself within the humanities and different social sciences. the aim of this e-book isn't to announce that area is critical, which by means of now's renowned, yet to discover how house is analyzed by means of quite a few disciplines, to check and distinction those methods, establish commonalities, and discover how and why alterations look. the quantity comprises works through thirteen students from various nation-states and disciplines. The chapters mix updated literature reports in regards to the position of house in each one self-discipline and several other supply unique empirical analyses. a few chapters are excited about Geography while others discover the function of house in modern Anthropology, Sociology, faith, Political technology, movie, and Cultural experiences. The creation surveys the improvement of the spatial flip around the fields into account. regardless of common connection with the spatial flip, this is often the 1st quantity to explicitly handle how idea and perform touching on area, is utilized in various fields from assorted conceptual views. This booklet will entice each person undertaking conceptual and theoretical learn on area, no longer easily in Geography, yet in similar fields in addition.
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God, space, and the city: the spatial turn in theology I discovered several years ago at a conference at the Chicago Divinity School where I was asked to speak about the Spatial Turn and critical spatial theory as it relates to the reconceptualization of Nature that my work had become very popular in the esoteric field of eschatology, the study of end-states such as heaven and hell (Soja on “Seeing Nature Spatially” in Albertson and King 2008). I had become aware earlier that my work was being widely used in Bible studies (Flanagan 1999, 2001; Kohn 2006), but eschatology?
Los Angeles proved to be an extraordinary laboratory for the production of spatial theory, for exploring urban spatial causality in its many expressions, and for demonstrating the insightful power of a critical spatial perspective. Los Angeles-based research and writing played an important role in stimulating the Spatial Turn and spreading spatial thinking across a growing number of subject areas. Perhaps inevitably, the body of work emanating from the spatial thinkers of Los Angeles has also generated criticism, especially from those who perceived its enthusiastic assertiveness as the imposition of a LA-specific model and mode of thinking in places where it does not fit, or as arrogantly defining an exclusive and self-referential club (Gottdiener 2002).
For a brief moment in the interwar years, a band of determined spatializers centered in the departments of sociology and geography at the University of Chicago created a collective intellectual community aimed at exploring how human behavior is directly shaped by the urban environment. Crudely activating and empowering urban spatial causality via ecological processes, they saw the city generically as the “embodiment of the real nature of human nature . . an expression of mankind in general and specifically of the social relations generated by territoriality” (Janowitz 1967).