The anthropology of space and place : locating culture / edited by Setha M. Low and Denise Lawrence-Zúñiga.

by Lawrence-Zúñiga, DeniseLooking glass; Low, Setha MLooking glass.

Series: Blackwell readers in anthropology: Publisher: Malden, MA ; Blackwell Pub, 2003.Description: ix, 422 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0631228772; 0631228780.Subject(s): Human geographyLooking glass | Human territorialityLooking glass | Open spacesLooking glass | Personal spaceLooking glass | Public spacesLooking glass | Spatial behaviorLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture is an unprecedented collection of key anthropological articles that illustrate how the conceptual and material dimensions of space are central to the production of social life.
Assembles key anthropological articles that challenge accepted definitions and ideas of space and place Reveals how both the conceptual and material dimensions of space as well as of built forms and landscape characteristics are central to the production of social life Includes introduction that synthesizes existing literature, highlights core issues, and maps potential directions for future research Brings classics in cultural anthropology together with new theoretical approaches

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • Part I Embodied Space(s)
  • 1 Proxemics
  • 2 Being-in-the-Market Versus Being-in-the-Plaza: Material Culture and the Construction of Social Reality in Spanish America
  • 3 Excluded Spaces: The Figure in the Australian Aboriginal Landscape
  • 4 Indexical Speech across Samoan Communities
  • Part II Gendered Space(s)
  • 5 The Berber House
  • 6 The Sweetness of Home: Class, Culture and Family Life in Sweden
  • 7 The Architecture of Female Seclusion in West Africa
  • Part III Inscribed Space(s)
  • 8 Emergence and Convergence in some African Sacred Places
  • 9 Empowering Place: Multilocality and Multivocality
  • 10 Open Spaces and Dwelling Places: Being at Home on Hill Farms in the Scottish Borders
  • Part IV Contested Space(s)
  • 11 The Language of Sites in the Politics of Space
  • 12 Myth, Space, and Virtue: Bars, Gender, and Change in Barcelonas Barrio Chino
  • 13 Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community
  • Part V Transnational Space(s)
  • 14 The Song of the Nonaligned World: Transnational Identities and the Reinscription of Space in Late Capitalism
  • 15 Sovereignty without Territoriality: Notes for a Postnational Geography
  • 16 Markets and Places: Tokyo and the Global Tuna Trade
  • Part VI Spatial Tactics
  • 17 Ordonnance, Discipline, Regulation: Some Reflections on Urbanism
  • 18 A Place in History: Social and Monumental Time in a Cretan Town
  • 19 After Authenticity at an American Heritage Site
  • 20 The Edge and the Center: Gated Communities and the Discourse of Urban Fear
  • Index

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Setha M. Low is Professor of Environmental Psychology and Anthropology and Director of the Public Space Research Group at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her publications include Behind the Gates: The New American Dream (2003), On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture (2000), and Theorizing the City (edited, 1999).


Denise Lawrence-Z úñiga is Professor of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is the co-editor of House Life: Space, Place and Family in Europe (with Donna Birdwell-Pheasant, 1999).

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