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Doreen Massey was born in Manchester, United Kingdom on January 3, 1944. She was educated at Oxford University and later received a master's degree in regional science at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career working for a thinktank, the Centre for Environmental Studies (CES), in vis mere London. Her work with CES revealed several key analysts of the contemporary British economy. When CES closed, she became a professor of geography at the Open University and worked there until her retirement in 2009. She wrote and edited numerous books during her lifetime including For Space; Space, Place and Gender; and World City. She died on March 11, 2016 at the age of 72. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Doreen Massey, Doreen B Massey, Professor Doreen B Massey

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BodySpace: Destabilizing Geographies of Gender and Sexuality (1996) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Geographical Worlds (1995) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver9 eksemplarer
Erilaisuus (2003) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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This is a collection of journal articles around the topics of Space, Place and Gender. It is a little dated (the collection was published in 1994, but some of the articles go back to the late 1970s) and some of it is fairly dry and academic. Having said that it was an interesting read on some of the industrial restructuring that happened in the 1980s and how different regions lost or benefitted.
AlisonSakai | Sep 19, 2021 |
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tcanaleso | 1 anden anmeldelse | Apr 14, 2019 |
This is an academic (but very readable) look at the act of doing and being diversity in an institutional context. The foundation of Ahmed's book is a series of interviews with diversity professionals at universities in the UK and Australia, as well as her personal experience as a woman of color in the institutions where she's worked. Ahmed doesn't give the reader any easy steps to take, but instead brings us a clear look at how institutions work and what that means for the people or groups who are trying to change an institutional culture that reproduces and favors whiteness.

Much of what she talks about reflects concerns and experiences I've heard from friends and colleagues of color. Other topics shone a light on things I'd never thought about, but that I recognized as an obvious part of the institutional foundations I've experienced. Ahmed's narrative includes looking at the language we use to describe this work (including why "diversity" is such a beloved term), how whiteness as the norm impacts workers and students of color, what actually goes on in committee meetings, the way an institution can be personified, how documents can help and hinder communication, and she ultimately explores some philosophical approaches to thinking through these efforts in a fresh way.

Although there are aspects of the interviews and assertions that are unique to a UK context, most of what Ahmed discusses is just as applicable to institutions in the United States. And while her philosophy and academic background can sometimes make this a dense book, her clear writing style makes it an easy read (and one that made me want to underline every spot-on sentence). I'd really recommend this book for anyone interested in picking apart the successes and failures of institutional diversity efforts (particularly in higher education).
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kristykay22 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 15, 2018 |
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 Massey, many of the dominant discourses of the time purposely avoid the challenge of space “by convening spatial multiplicity into temporal sequence; by understanding the spatial as depthless instaneity; by imagining ‘the global’ as somehow always ‘up there’, ‘out there’, certainly somewhere else.” For Massey, these discourses avoid the challenge of space, the challenge of multiplicity, and the relational possibilities of space.

This book can be harsh reading at times for outsiders to human geography. A major reason is that whereas other books -- particularly popular books on globalization and world affairs -- attempt to tame space and difference, this book unleashes them. Unfortunately, the book also unleashes a new language of geography that can be difficult to process as times. To take but one example, the term “coevalness” plays an important role in Massey’s work. The term stands for the recognition and respect in situations of mutual implication and for the author is the precondition for a true dialogue between different partners.

Perhaps the most important work this book does is in challenging our current understandings of globalization, in particular the mystification of globalization as emanating from somewhere else. Massey effectively shows how modern discourses of globalization lend to mystification and aspatial thinking. To counter this notion, Massey locates the US and UK, and London in particular, as places where globalization is produced (101). Globalization discourse also too frequently imagines countries as at different stages of development in a single development path. For Massey, to imagine places in this way is to perform epistemic violence on the differences of the world and their potentials. For Massey, reclaiming space also means reclaiming the possibilities of “multiplicity.”

The book is, in all likelihood, a masterpiece of human geography. However, for a human geography outsider like me, the book was at times off putting. My instinct throughout the book was that -- in spite of Massey’s normative commitments to complexity -- the points she was trying to make were in fact relatively simple and could be communicated in much less complicated language. This instinct was strengthened by my experience with the chapter entitled “Aspatial Globalization,” which was by far the clearest and most compelling chapter of the book.
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