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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"The reason for my enthusiasm for this book is that Doreen Massey manages to describe a certain way of perceiving movement in space which I have been - and still am - working with on different levels in my work: i.e. the idea that space is not something static and neutral, a frozen entity, but is something intertwined with time and thus ever changing - also when we are not ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 9th 2005 by Sage Publications Ltd (first published February 8th 2005)
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Philippe
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has been very helpful to me in understanding an important point in contemporary thinking about space. I must admit, however, that I didn't read it from cover to cover. The argument meanders, and the prose is rather turgid and jargonistic. But it was Patsy Healey's typology of four different geographies (discussed in her book Urban Complexity and Spatial Strategies: Towards a Relational Planning for Our Times...) that allowed me to frame Massey's plea 'for (a different conception of) ...more
Daniel Clausen
As several of the reviews have already mentioned, this book is written primarily for human geographers. Perhaps the ideal audience for this book is the human geographer with a chip on his / her shoulder and a love for complicating our notions of space.

The book has many themes which develop at different paces and at different depths, but as the title suggests this is a book primarily “for space” -- which means recapturing the challenge of space and the potential wonder it can inspire. For
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Alya
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: grad-school, 2013
This isn't exactly the kind of book you want to read when you start fasting; I could barely focus and it is complex enough already, especially for a geography newbie. It's very theoretical, and it helps to be well read in many theorists prior to delving in.
Still, I got enough of it to know that her meditations on space open up a way of conceiving and imagining it that has been overlooked over time. I just have to reread it later to form that definition in my head more clearly. I can see this
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Jeanette
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"For the truth is that you can never simply 'go back', to home or to anywhere else. When you get 'there' the place will have moved on just as you yourself will have changed. And this of course is the point. For to open up 'space' to this kind of imagination means thinking time and space as mutually imbricated and thinking both of them as the product of interrelations. You can't go back in space-time. To think that you can is to deprive others of their ongoing independent stories. It may be ...more
Andrew
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Shelves: geography
I'm increasingly appreciating these uber-theoretical, Foucauldian/Derridean/and so forth texts as meditations rather than as cohesive arguments. As a meditation, For Space is lovely. It reminds me of my wonderful old British Modernism professor who dressed like Virginia Woolf and had an office with sagging bookshelves and a heavy patchouli reek.

A lot of her arguments should be familiar to anyone who's read geography. In fact, a lot of them are cribbed from Edward Soja's "Postmodern Geographies"
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Daniela
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HERMOSO.
Frances Wilde
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic introduction if anything, outlining existing theorisation of time & space & place
Andrew Nolan
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a deeply awkward book to read that veers between insightful theoretical analysis and a periodically garbled text that reads like a computer algorithm wrote the book; imagine paragraph length human geography versions of @marxbot3000 twitter.

At the book's best Massey distills a considerable breadth of knowledge in order to advance her own theories on space: space is a product of interactions and interrelations; space is a multiplicity of co-existent heterogenies; space is always under
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Letha
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my very favorites! I love this re-imagination of the concept of space. Theoretical. Our assumptions about space make a difference in our politics, relationships, co-existence with others, perception of so many things. This is a worthwhile read.
Jordan
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dissertation research book - definitely not the angle I need!
Lusine
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A classic must-read in Human Geography.
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I have an intellectual crush on this book
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From Wikipedia: Doreen Barbara Massey FRSA FBA FAcSS (3 January 1944 – 11 March 2016) was a British social scientist and geographer, working among others on topics involving Marxist geography, feminist geography, and cultural geography. Her work on space, place and power has been highly influential within a range of related disciplines and research fields. She served as Emeritus Professor of ...more
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