Guattari, Felix 2012 Schizoanalytic Cartographies, reviewed by Thomas Jellis

Cartographes schizoanalytiquesThomas Jellis reviews Felix Guattari’s book Schizoanalytic cartographies, Bloomsbury, London, 2012,

Schizoanalytic Cartographies is an ambitious and thought-provoking book that provides a detailed exposition of Guattari’s version of schizoanalysis, a form of analysis that he extracts from the debris of a reductionist psychoanalysis. As part of this approach, Guattari looks to “minimize the use of notions like those of subjectivity, consciousness, significance … as transcendental entities that are impermeable to concrete situations” (page 23) and instead provides an array of terms which he offers as instruments for a speculative cartography.

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Searching for the sublime: Tuan’s Romantic Geography reviewed

tuanSophie Leroy reviews Yi-Fu Tuan’s new book                       Romantic Geography: In Search of the Sublime Landscape, University of Wisconsin Press.

Deborah Cowen – The Deadly Life of Logistics

Society and Space editor Deborah Cowen’s new book, The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in September 2014.


 A genealogy of logistics, tracing the link between markets and militaries, territory and government

Deborah Cowen traces the art and science of logistics over the past sixty years, from the battlefield to the boardroom and back again. Though the object of corporate and governmental logistical efforts is commodity supply, she demonstrates that they are deeply political—and, considered in the context of the long history of logistics, deeply indebted to the practice of war.

Pratt reviews McDowell’s Working Lives

1444339184Geraldine Pratt reviews Linda McDowell’s Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007. The book came out last year with Wiley-Blackwell.

Srinivasan and Kasturirangan commentary – ‘Impact and the Social Science Imagination’

The first few paragraphs of a new commentary we have just posted to the site, Krithika Srinivasan and Rajesh Kasturirangan’s ‘Impact and the Social Science Imagination’, appear below. In addition, see the article by Srinivasan that appears in the current issue of Society and Space (it will be available open access for the next month). And on a related topic, see Teo Ballve’s recent commentary on the site, ‘A Call for Scholarly Propaganda: Or what can we learn from Thomas Friedman?’ As always, comments are welcome.  -The Editors

Krithika Srinivasan, Department of Geography, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Rajesh Kasturirangan, School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

The issue of ‘impact’ is increasingly shaping academic agendas in universities across the world. In the United Kingdom, academics expend much energy, time and meeting agendas developing impact strategies for research grant applications and the next REF assessment. In a different part of the world, in India, where applied research has been the norm for a while, recent years have seen an even stronger emphasis by government funding agencies on direct applications of proposed research, and by universities on research that is tailored to the needs of non-academic stakeholders.

The growing emphasis on impact is understandable. Accountability is important, especially in a time of limited resources. Further, modern societies are knowledge societies. Governments and businesses recognize that knowledge production is central to economic success. They look toward academia to produce applied, preferably commercializable, research. The United States has benefited greatly from the close interaction between Stanford University and Silicon Valley, and also the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Highway Route 128 in the Boston area. These successes are increasingly taken as a model for the rest of the world, and for not only the natural sciences, but also the social sciences and humanities.

At one level, the demand for linking academic scholarship more directly to wider social, political and economic concerns is welcome. It does not make sense for scholarship, especially in the social sciences and humanities, to be disconnected from what is going on outside of academia. However, in this commentary we would like to reflect on some concerns about the way in which impact is being conceptualised and pursued in the contemporary academic climate. In doing this, we participate in some emerging debates (e.g., Rogers et al 2014; Brewer 2013) on the implications of the impact agenda for social science and humanities scholarship across the globe.

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Environment and Planning A theme issue on ‘territorial stigmatization’

Society and Space’s partner journal Environment and Planning A has a new issue which includes, among other things, a theme issue on ‘territorial stigmatisation’. Most of the papers require subscription, but the introduction is available open access. More details here.

The issue also includes an open access commentary by former Society and Space co-editor, Nigel Thrift, on The promise of urban informatics: some speculations.

Megaevents and the city – virtual theme issue open access for the duration of the World Cup

Pion have made the papers in the Megaevents and the City virtual theme issue from 2012 open access again for the duration of the football World Cup.

Papers include contributions on a range of sporting events, festivals and urban politics, compiled and introduced by editor Francisco Klauser.

Editorial: Sport megaevents and the city
Francisco R Klauser

The impact of the World Student Games on Sheffield
P Foley

The professionalisation of urban cultural policies in France: the case of festivals
E Négrier

Civic boosterism in the politics of local economic development — ‘institutional positions’ and ‘strategic orientations’ in the consumption of hallmark events
M Boyle

The World Cup and the national Thing on Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Paul Kingsbury

Vancouver’s promise of the world’s first sustainable Olympic Games
Meg Holden, Julia MacKenzie, Robert VanWynsberghe

Splintering spheres of security: Peter Sloterdijk and the contemporary fortress city
Francisco R Klauser

Development plans versus conservation: explanation of emergent conflicts and state political handling
Evangelia Apostolopoulou, John D Pantis

International urban festivals as a catalyst for governance capacity building
Paul Benneworth, Hugh Dauncey

State dirigisme in megaprojects: governing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
Martin Müller

Pre-Olympic and post-Olympic Barcelona, a ‘model’ for urban regeneration today?
Maria-Dolors Garcia-Ramon, Abel Albet

The Accidental Playground reviewed

the-accidental-playground-coverDaniel Campo’s illustrated book The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned (Fordham University Press, 2013) is reviewed by Marc Tadorian from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Further information about the project can be found here, alongside images from the book.

Marc is the author of Warriorz: graffiti-writing, spatialité et performances (Ethnoscope, 2009).


Volume 32, Issue 3 now out

Issue 3 is now online. Access requires subscription.

Commentary: Cities and their grassroutes 381 – 385 Tim Bunnell, Peter Marolt

Networks, interfaces, and computer-generated images: learning from digital visualisations of urban redevelopment projects 386 – 403 Gillian Rose, Monica Degen, Clare Melhuish
Maintenance work and the performativity of urban inscriptions: the case of Paris subway signs 404 – 416 Jérôme Denis, David Pontille
A phenomenological approach to water in the city: towards a policy of letting water appear 417 – 432 Henry Dicks
Assembling the multitude: material geographies of social movements from Oaxaca to Occupy 433 – 449 Iván Arenas
The last frontier: the importance of Kant’s Geography 450 – 465 Robert B Louden
Imaginaries of the ideal migrant worker: a Lacanian interpretation 466 – 483 Sergei Shubin, Allan Findlay, David McCollum
Another letter from the Home Office: reading the material politics of asylum 484 – 500 Jonathan Darling
Caring for the collective: biopower and agential subjectification in wildlife conservation 501 – 517 Krithika Srinivasan
The ‘indigenous native peasant’ trinity: imagining a plurinational community in Evo Morales’s Bolivia 518 – 534 Lorenza Fontana
Continuous connectivity, handheld computers, and mobile spatial knowledge 535 – 555 Matthew W Wilson

Review essay: Socially invaded: the biosocial subject 556 – 570 Claire Colebrook

Kearns on Elden’s Birth of Territory

eldenGerry Kearns reviews Stuart Elden’s book The Birth of Territory. The volume was published last year by University of Chicago Press and received the AAG Meridian Book Award for Oustanding Scholarly Work in Geography.

Further information about the project can be found here.


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