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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (12 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849201013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849201018
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,625,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I live in Ireland where I work in a research institute and am a regular media commentator on social and planning issues. I'm the author of four novels, the latest of which is STUMPED, and dozens of short stories. In addition to writing crime fiction, I'm the author or editor of 23 academic books and a 12 volume encyclopedia. I write for three blogs - 'The View from the Blue House' (about crime fiction), 'Ireland After NAMA' (about Ireland and the crisis) and 'The Programmable City' (about software, big data and smart cities).

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The best encyclopaedic tool for human geographers since the Dictionary of Human Geography. It is hugely useful for students who want an easy way to access the roots of the major themes and debates in contemporary geography
Stuart Aitken
San Diego State University

Space is now at the forefront of the social sciences and humanities. This compendium sets out the twists and turns of the thinkers who brought us to this place. In doing so, it sets out an effervescent intellectual landscape. Invaluable

Professor Nigel Thrift
Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick

A most welcome and expanded version of the original Key Thinkers, this work more than any other guides readers through the complex theoretical landscape of space and place. An outstanding volume that articulates, through analyses of the visionary writings of some of the most important theorists in and beyond geography, the migrations of thought produced around our most important objects of analysis. The contributors excel in this effort
Professor John-Paul Jones III
University of Arizona, USA

The second edition of Key Thinkers on Space and Place sharpens and refines its project. Written in highly accessible language, the book will be a dependable source of inspiration and reflection to anyone with an interest in space and place as knowledge categories
Professor Richard Le Heron
University of Auckland, New Zealand

This is a helpfully updated version of an already well-researched and accessibly written text. As with the first edition, this version is invaluable for anyone seeking to understand the life and work of key thinkers who have shaped the "spatial turn" in the social sciences. It recognizes the contributions of those from all the major intellectual traditions from positivism to post-structuralism, and from a variety of disciplines, from geographers, anthropologists, economists, philosophers and more. And it consciously acknowledges intellectual traditions beyond the Anglo-American academy
Lily Kong
Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore

An accessible, authoritative and comprehensive introduction to the individuals who have shaped contemporary geographical thought. The book covers an impressive and thought-provoking selection of thinkers and writers, representing a variety of traditions and approaches. Each of the sixty-six entries provides a lively summary of the subject's life and work, and an expert critical analysis of their contribution to spatial theory. Key Thinkers on Space and Place is an invaluable reference resource for students of Human Geography and anyone interested in the development of spatial theory
Professor Michael Woods
Aberyswyth University

About the Author

Rob Kitchin is a professor and ERC Advanced Investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, for which he was director between 2002 and 2013. He has published widely across the social sciences, including 21 books and over 130 articles and book chapters. He is editor of the international journals, Progress in Human Geography and Dialogues in Human Geography, and for eleven years was the editor of Social and Cultural Geography. He was the editor-in-chief of the 12 volume, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, and edits two book series, Irish Society and Key Concepts in Human Geography. His book Code/Space (with Martin Dodge) won the Association of American Geographers Meridian Book Award for the outstanding book in the discipline in 2011 and a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2011 award from the American Library Association

He has successfully written or been a principal investigator on forty grants, totalling c.€34m, including funding from PRTLI 2, 4, 5, IRC, ERC, SFI, ESRC, NSF, Interreg and RIA. He is currently a PI on the Programmable City project, the Digitial Repository of Ireland, and the All-Island Research Observatory. He has delivered over 100 invited talks at conferences and universities in over a dozen countries and his research has been cited over 600 times in local, national and international media. He was the 2013 recipient of the Royal Irish Academy's Gold Medal for the Social Sciences. See more at:

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The book is a reference marvel. The Thinkers included are mostly geographers from a variety of theoretical and methodological orientations, but also included are sociologists (e.g., Giddens), psychologists (Golledge), and philosophers and social theorists (e.g., Bhabha). Each entry provides biographical details, an overview of the person's work, and then a separate section specifically related to space and place. This is particularly useful given that the extent of different thinkers' interest in spatiality differs, as some devoted their entire careers to issues of space and place, and for some it was more of a side or occasional interest.
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Amazing! The book is very thorough, well written, and concise. It is a must have for everyone interested in space...
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great, easily understood anthology of brilliant thinkers 21 Jun. 2013
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This is one of the best reference books on thinkers of space and place I have ever read. On each thinker, a brief yet rich description is given about them and their ideas, as well as a succinct summary of their influence on thinking about space and place. Invaluable resource.
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Key thinkers on space 22 April 2012
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This is a very usefull book. I teach social theory for designers and architects, so it compiles all theories written on the subject and classifies them by author and ideology. Great purchase!
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What about Milton Santos ? 29 Jun. 2012
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Browsing the contents of this book i was astonished that , among many geographers and social scientists pictured in this book the name of Muilton Santos (1926-2001) was forgotten.Santos a Brazilian geographer who had a degree in law, became known for pioneer works in various fields in geography, notably urban development in developing countries, as well as pioneer books on the globalization, and on the Nature of Geographical Space.
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