Spatializing politics : essays on power and place / Delia Duong Ba Wendel, Fallon Samuels Aidoo (editions.).

by Aidoo, Fallon Samuels [editor of compilation.]Looking glass; Wendel, Delia Duong Ba [editor of compilation.]Looking glass.

Series: Harvard design studies: Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Graduate School of Design, [2015]Description: xii, 416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781934510469.Subject(s): Landscapes -- Political aspects | Landscapes -- Social aspects | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | Space -- Political aspects | Space -- Social aspectsNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Spatializing Politics is an anthology of emerging scholarship that treats built and imagined spaces as critical to knowing political power. In academic and popular discourse, spaces tend to serve as passive containers, symbols, or geographical coordinates for political theories, ideologies, and histories. By contrast, the essays in this collection illustrate how buildings and landscapes as disparate as Rust Belt railway stations and rural Rwandan hills become tools of political action and frameworks for political authority. Each chapter features original research on the spatial production of conflict and consensus, which ranges from exclusion and incarceration to reclamation and reconciliation. By focusing on the architects and spaces of political empowerment, the anthology fills a critical gap in studies of space and politics in anthropology, architectural history, conflict studies, geography, public policy, science/technology studies, and urban planning. These essays also demonstrate the global, historical, and contemporary relevance of thinking spatially for political action. Altogether, this multidisciplinary collection puts forward various spatial epistemologies that conceptualize, concretize, and contest forms of spatial politics.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. vi)
  • Acknowledgments (p. x)
  • Introduction Toward a Spatial Epistemology of Politics (p. 2)
  • Contentious Politics (p. 14)
  • "There Were Streets": Urban Renewal and the Early Troubles in London/Derry, Northern Ireland (p. 19)
  • Slum as Infrastructure: How the Politics of Informality Shapes South Africa's World-Class Cities (p. 51)
  • Political Ground and Spatial Stakes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (p. 85)
  • Politics of Consensus (p. 114)
  • Imagining Spaces of Peace and Conflict in the Rwandan Radio Drama Musekeweya (p. 119)
  • The Right-of-Way: Critical Infrastructure for the Right to Work in Postwar Philadelphia (p. 153)
  • The Volcanic Heart of Nicaragua: Tiscapa and the Spatiality of Political Culture, 1936-1990 (p. 185)
  • Biopolitics (p. 212)
  • The Permeable Institution: Community Mental Health Centers as Governmental Technology, 1963-1974 (p. 217)
  • Imprisoned Bodies: North Korea audits Kwan-li-so (p. 243)
  • The Right to Live in the World: Architecture, Inclusion, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (p. 273)
  • Politics of Expertise (p. 302)
  • Epistemologies of Public and Private Urban Design Expertise (p. 307)
  • From the Street Civic Epistemologies of Urban Climate Change (p. 337)
  • Immigrant Spatial Politics in Metropolitan Miami, 1957-2005 (p. 367)
  • Afterword: A Conversation (p. 400)
  • Contributor Biographies (p. 404)
  • Index (p. 412)