Philosophers and geographers have converged on the topic of public space, fascinated and in many ways alarmed by fundamental changes in the way post-industrial societies produce space for public use, and in the way citizens of these same societies perceive and constitute themselves as a public. This volume advances this inquiry, making extensive use of political and social theory, while drawing intimate connections between political principles, social processes, and the commonplaces of our everyday environments.
Andrew Light is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Montana. Jonathan M. Smith is associate professor of Geography at Texas A&M University.
Chapter 1 List of Illustrations Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: Geography, Philosophy, and Public Philosophy, and Public Space Part 4 Symposium on Henri LeFebvre's the Production of Space Chapter 5 Henri Lefebvre on Abstract Space Chapter 6 Antinomies of Space and Nature in Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space Chapter 7 The Production of Space or The Heterogeneity of Place: A Commentary on Edward Dimendberg and Neil Smith Part 8 Beyond The Public/Private Dichotomy Chapter 9 Formal Politics, Meta-Space, and the Construction of Civil Life Chapter 10 The Stranger on the Green Chapter 11 Public and Private, Power and Space Chapter 12 The "Disappearance of Public Space": An Ecological Marxist and Lefebvrian Approach Part 13 Regional Territories Chapter 14 Contested Space: The Rural Idyll and Competing Notions of the Good Society in the U.K. Chapter 15 The Rights of Rights of Way Chapter 16 The Mediation of the Public Sphere: Ideological Origins, Practical Possibilities Chapter 17 Representation, Identity, and the Communicative Shaping of Place Chapter 18 Maps and Entitlement to Territory Chapter 19 Index