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Brief and disappointing,
This review is from: Non-places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (Paperback)
Reading this book after having heard of it often mentioned by academic staff in architecture and architectural history, it eventually comes as a disappointing read, only alleviated by the brevity of the text.
The new edition (2009) has lost his subtitle, and gained an 'introduction to the second edition'. Follow a 'Prologue', 'The Near and the Elsewhere,' 'Anthropological Place,' 'From Places to Non-Places,' 'Epilogue' and 'A Brief Bibliography'.
Probably the most annonying aspect of the publication is its aimless character. It is not clear where the text comes from - why it has been written, published, and translated - and what it is aimed at achieving.
The various comments on Mauss, de Certeau, Derrida, have a feeling of déjà vu to them all, and because the body of the book has not been revisited since 1995, it is slightly - if not completely - dated.
For instance, it relies on French realities of space and place which are presented almost as well known clichés. More importantly, it does not take any account of the most recent transformations in the fabric of the country and the spatial relations between capital and regions.
With 10 items only, the 'brief bibliography' would better be known as a list of references.