Theorizing Socio-Spatial Relations

This essay seeks to reframe recent debates on sociospatial theory through the introduction of an approach that can grasp the inherently polymorphic, multidimensional character of sociospatial relations. As previous advocates of a scalar turn, we now question the privileging, in any form, of a single dimension of sociospatial processes, scalar or otherwise. We consider several recent sophisti- cated `turns’ within critical social science; explore their methodological limitations; and highlight several important strands of sociospatial theory that seek to transcend the latter.

Gramsci as a Spatial Theorist

Antonio Gramsci’s philosophy of praxis is characterised by the spatialization as well as historicization of its analytical categories. These theoretical practices are deeply intertwined in his ‘absolute historicism’. Highlighting the spatiality of Gramsci’s analysis not only enables us to recover the many geographical themes in his work but also provides a useful counterweight to the emphasis on the historical dimensions of his historicism.

Avoiding Traps, Rescaling States, Governing Europe

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Avoiding traps, rescaling the state, governing Europe‘, in R. Keil and R. Mahon, eds, Leviathan Undone? Towards a Political Economy of Scale, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 87-104, 2009. *** Lively debates over the future of the state resurfaced…

The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Globalizing Capital and their Impact on State Power and Democracy

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘The spatiotemporal dynamics of capital and its globalization and their impact on state power and democracy’, in H. Rosa and W.E. Scheuerman, eds, High–Speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power, and Modernity, University Park: Penn State University Press, 135-158, 2009. *** This…

Spatial Fixes, Temporal Fixes, and Spatio-Temporal Fixes

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Spatial fixes, temporal fixes, and spatio-temporal fixes’, in N. Castree and D. Gregory, eds, David Harvey: a Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 142-66, 2006. *** It is especially productive to probe major thinkers on issues central to their work and widely…