Contested Worlds provides an introduction both to a multitude of geographical worlds which are currently being actively constructed and contested, and to a range of different perspectives on these worlds being adopted and contested by geographers. It is unique in its focus on the role of contestation in both the construction of geographical studies and in the geographies these studies seek to address. These issues are explored through a combination of general theoretical discussion and detailed international case studies. The areas discussed range in scale from the global, through the regional and national to the local worlds of the inner city, the neighbourhood and the village, with connections drawn between these scales. The book concludes that geography is being made in quite different ways. It asserts that geography is intrinsically a contested enterprise, and that this should be embraced as part of geographers becoming more critically involved in the making, and studying, of new contemporary human geographies.
Dr Martin Phillips is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Leicester, UK.
Contents: Introduction; Contested worlds: an introduction; Philosophical arguments in human geography. Global Worlds: Unravelling the web of theory: changing geographical perspectives on development; Global crises? Issues in population and the environment; Nation states and super-states: the geopolitics of the new world order. Regional Worlds: Inequalities at the core: a discussion of regionality in the EU and UK; Southeast Asian development: miracle or mirage; Post-socialist East and Central Europe. Local worlds: Places on the margin: the spatiality of exclusion; People in the centre? The contested geographies of 'gentrification'; People in a marginal periphery. Some Concluding Remarks: Still just introducing the contested worlds of human geography; Index.