The nature and economy of the space-place distinction

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Title: The nature and economy of the space-place distinction
Creators: Wainwright, Joel; Trevor, Barnes J.
Issue Date: 2009-07-17
Publisher: Pion
Citation: Joel Wainwright and Trevor J. Barnes, "Nature, economy, and the space - place distinction," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27, no. 6 (2009): 966-986. doi:10.1068/d7707
DOI: 10.1068/d7707
Abstract: This paper reconsiders the distinction between the concepts of space and place. We argue that, rather than favoring one side of the place - space division, or dissolving the partition between them, the distinction needs to be maintained because it is a key site of Western metaphysics. Specifically, the distinction between space and place cannot be abandoned or easily altered because it remains inextricably entangled with other key concepts. Drawing upon Derrida's notion of différance, we illustrate two such entanglements, the relation of space - place with nature and with economy. We argue that space - place helps to constitute, but in turn is constituted by, nature and economy. The larger point is that none of these metaphysical concepts are separate and independent, but are entwined in complex and changing forms, producing effects that demand critical scrutiny.
ISSN: 0263-7758 (print)
1472-3433 (electronic)
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