Psychogeography (Pocket Essentials) Hardcover – 16 May 2006
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'A short, but valuable book.' --Niall Griffiths, The Daily Telegraph
'A short guide to psychogeography for beginners.' -- Sukhdev Sandhu, The New Statesman
'Helps explain why psychogeography has become such a buzzword in Britain...an insightful
'A fascinating read.' --Buzz Magazine
`It would be a fitting tribute to Coverley's unfussy and informative book if it encouraged people in
other cities to try psychogeography.'
--Stuart Kelly, Scotland On Sunday
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From the urban wanderer to the armchair traveller, from the derive to detournement, psychogeography provides us with new ways of apprehending our surroundings, transforming the familiar streets of our everyday experience into something new and unexpected.
This book conducts the reader through this process, offering both an explanation and definition of the terms involved, and an analysis of the key figures and their work.See all Product Description
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As a subject, psychogeography predates civilization (pagan peoples knew how geography was integral to psychology). The concentration on recent urban p-g, and the insistence that only London and Paris really count (despite a nod to New York) ignores the long rural tradition as well as p-g in other urban settings around the world.
The author's knowledge and understanding of Alfred Watkins' work and its impact is poor. Which leads one to wonder just how well he really knows the rest of the subject. His attempt to assert that Ackroyd is outside the tradition as he somehow conservative rather misses the point that urba p-g as a whole is both conservative and somewhat obsessed with the notion of a golden age.
Where the book does have a strength is in pointing out that for some people p-g is a method to some other end rather than an end in itself. Attempts to turn it into a science have so far met with failure simply because the amount of data required to make any form of realistic assessment are simply overwhelming. As an artistic method (particularly in literature and film) it is highly sucessful as it seems that an artistic sensibility and sensitivity are required to process and interpret a landscape and the figures that move within it.
There are better books on the subject. But anyone wanting to know what p-gis would be far better off seeking out p-g artists and writers.
It has been so beneficial for me in writing my thesis about identity to place - it helps explain in an interesting way what places we live in the world and how they change all the time in a physical sense with the same speed as the latest fashion or tv channels - without us realising... you will see your home town, street appear in a new way.... there are some great artists utilising these concepts all the time and this is the reason I selected this book and so glad I had because Coverley covers this topic really well and I applaud him.
A book to open your eyes and mind!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
such a portmanteua term has many more sources. Am writing a critique.Published 8 months ago by mimi
Hard to read, repetitive, mangled horribly in the Kindle app (new pages jump into the middle of totally different sentences). Would return if I could.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Psychogeography. Increasingly this term is used to illustrate a bewildering array of ideas from ley lines and the occult, to urban walking and political radicalism. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lu Yuping
I'll save you the labour of reading this masterpiece of vagueness, those of you with the 'tl;dr' disposition: pick up any book by Sinclair, Debord, Ackroyd or Defoe and you have a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by SE
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