The Doreen Massey Reader and Doreen Massey: Critical Dialogues – Agenda, 2018


The Doreen Massey Reader, edited by Brett Christophers, Rebecca Lave, Jamie Peck, Marion Werner and Doreen Massey: Critical Dialogues, edited by Marion Werner, Jamie Peck, Rebecca Lave, and Brett Christophers, Agenda, 2018

Here’s the description of the Reader:

Doreen Massey (1944–2016) changed geography. Her ideas on space, region, labour, identity, ethics and capital transformed the field itself, while also attracting a wide audience in sociology, planning, political economy, cultural studies, gender studies and beyond. The significance of her contributions is difficult to overstate. Far from a dry defence of disciplinary turf, her claim that “geography matters” possessed both scholarly substance and political salience.

Through her most influential concepts – such as power-geometries and a “global sense of place” – she insisted on the active role of regions and places not simply in bearing the brunt of political-economic restructuring, but in reshaping the uneven geographies of global capitalism and the horizons of politics. In capturing how global forces articulated with the particularities of place, Massey’s work, right up until her death, was an inspiration for critical social sciences and political activists alike. It integrated theory and politics in the service of challenging and transforming both.

This collection of Massey’s writings brings together for the first time the full span of her formative contributions, showcasing the continuing relevance of her ideas to current debates on globalization, immigration, nationalism and neoliberalism, among other topics. With introductions from the editors, the collection represents an unrivalled distillation of the range and depth of Massey’s thinking. It is sure to remain an essential touchstone for social theory and critical geography for generations to come.

And of Critical Dialogues:

These specially commissioned essays, many from some of Doreen Massey’s long-time interlocutors and collaborators, interrogate both the generative sources and the potential of Massey’s remarkably wide-ranging and influential oeuvre. They provide readers with an unparalleled assessment of the political and social context that gave rise to many of Massey’s key ideas and contributions – such as spatial divisions of labour, power-geometries, and a “global sense of place” – and how they subsequently travelled, and were translated and transformed, both within and outside of academia.

Looking forward, rather than merely backward, the collection also highlights some of the diverse ways in which Massey’s formulations and frameworks provide a basis for new interventions in contemporary debates over immigration, financialization, macroeconomic crises, political engagement beyond academia, North-South development cooperation, and more. The collection stands as a testament to the continuing relevance of Massey’s work across a wide range of fields and serves as an excellent companion to the volume of Massey’s own writings, The Doreen Massey Reader, published simultaneously and also compiled by the editors.

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