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Culture, Space, and Power

Blurred Lines

Edited by David Walton and Juan A. Suarez - Contributions by Iván Villarmea Álvarez; Miguel Mesa del Castillo Clavel; J. Rubén Valdés Miyares; Manuela Ruíz Pardos; Elisa Hernández Pérez; G. Kentak Son; John Storey; Juan Tarancón; Cornelia Wächter and Chris Weedon

Culture, Space and Power: Blurred Lines collects essays that study contemporary mutations of public and private space in multiple cultural contexts and media from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. The essays range from the general to the specific: the first section will explore how recent trends in globalization, nationalism, city design, and ruralist revival yield particular spatial morphologies. The second part of the volume investigates spaces of privacy and togetherness, including traditional settings for intimacy, such as the home, and enclosure, such as the prison, or the virtual locations created through digital media (cellphones, tablets and computers). At the same time, despite the two-part division into public and private, the volume stresses their connection and interdependency: the extent, that is, to which broader spatial configurations affect private, day-to-day practices and locations. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 196Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4985-2165-9 • Hardback • December 2015 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-1-4985-2166-6 • eBook • December 2015 • $76.00 • (£49.95)
David Walton is senior lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Murcia.

Juan A. Suárez teaches American studies at the University of Murcia.
Introduction: Culture, Space and Power: Blurred Lines
Juan Antonio Suárez and David Walton

Reading urban and national space

1 Place, Space and the Politics of Memory
Chris Weedon

2 Queer Space and Cultural Memory in the Films of Barbara Hammer, Katrina Del Mar, and Fadia Abboud
Juan A Suárez

3 Blinking Spaces: Koyaanisqatsi’s Cinematic City
Iván Villarmea Álvarez

4 The Immaterial Factory and the Metropolitan Body: Toni Negri, Rem Koolhaas, and the Sociology of Associations
Miguel Mesa del Castillo Clavel

5 Land as a Space for Discursive Loyalty: On the Public Sphere and Immobility during China’s Modernization
G. Kentak Son

6 Se los comió el norte: Space, Globalization and Latino Art as Strategy of Resistance
Juan A. Tarancón

7 Music, Body, and City: Joy Division’s Positive Negative Space
J. Rubén Valdés Miyares

Reading spaces of intimacy

8 Mediatized Spaces of Intimacy
John Storey

9 Queering Prison Space in HBO’s Oz
Cornelia Wächter

10 The Home as a Rough Habitat in The Wire
Elisa Hernández

11 Cosmopolitan Space and Generic Boundaries in Hollywood Overseas Romances
Manuela Ruiz



“An impressive and wide-ranging set of international essays interrogating the idea and experience of space from theoretical, media, and cultural perspectives. An insistent consideration of questions of power and (geo-)politics informs all readings. Highly recommended.”
George McKay, University of East Anglia