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Spatial Ecologies

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Introduction: Space as a Critical Concept 1. Henri Lefebvre: Lived Spaces 2. Michael de Certeau: Anthropological Spaces 3. Jean Baudrillard: Media Places 4. Marc Auge: Non-Places 5. Paul Virilio: Speed Spaces 6. Deleuze and Guattari: Space and Becoming 7. Bruno Latour: Common Spaces 8. Etienne Balibar: Spatial Fictions Conclusion: Future Spaces Bibliography Index

About the Author

Verena Conley is Visiting Professor of Literature and Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and the author of Ecopolitics: The Environment in French Poststructuralist Thought (Routledge, 1996); and Helene Cixous: Writing the Feminine (University of Nebraska Press, 1991).


This is a working of wide-ranging and deep scholarship which brings together a range of important French thinkers for the first time within a critical, comparative argument. Spatial Ecologies makes a passionate and lucidly argued case for a renewed ecological thinking and a transformative critical practice. Spatial Ecologies is a tour de force analysis of all the major theorists/theories of space/spatiality in the contemporary era. It will become the new benchmark for work on space in critical and cultural theory. A novel explanation by a perceptive critic, wherein Conley ponders the 'spatial turn' in French critical theory from 1968 to 2012, and from Henri Lefebvre and Paul Virilio to Etienne Balibar. Assessing the postmodern experience of space and politics, economics and time, this book is an extraordinary reflection on questions of space in the epoch of late capitalism.

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