The handbook presents a compendium of the diverse and growing approaches to place from leading authors as well as less widely known scholars, providing a comprehensive yet cutting-edge overview of theories, concepts and creative engagements with place that resonate with contemporary concerns and debates.

The volume moves away from purely western-based conceptions and discussions about place to include perspectives from across the world. It includes an introductory chapter, which outlines key definitions, draws out influential historical and contemporary approaches to the theorisation of place and sketches out the structure of the book, explaining the logic of the seven clearly themed sections. Each section begins with a short introductory essay that provides identifying key ideas and contextualises the essays that follow. The original and distinctive contributions from both new and leading authorities from across the discipline provide a wide, rich and comprehensive collection that chimes with current critical thinking in geography. The book captures the dynamism and multiplicity of current geographical thinking about place by including both state-of-the-art, in-depth, critical overviews of theoretical approaches to place and new explorations and cases that chart a framework for future research. It charts the multiple ways in which place might be conceived, situated and practised.

This unique, comprehensive and rich collection will be an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate teaching, for experienced academics across a wide range of disciplines and for policymakers and place-marketers. It will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across the range of disciplines, such as Geography, Sociology and Politics, and interdisciplinary fields such as Urban Studies, Environmental Studies and Planning.

chapter |11 pages


Thinking about place – themes and emergent approaches
ByTim Edensor, Ares Kalandides, Uma Kothari

part Part I|105 pages

Situating place

chapter 1|11 pages

Place as assemblage

ByKim Dovey

chapter 2|10 pages

Doreen Massey’s ‘a global sense of place’ revisited

ByAres Kalandides

chapter 3|11 pages

Place and nation

ByRhys Jones

chapter 4|13 pages

Region, place, devolution

Geohistory still matters
ByDavid Beel, Martin Jones

chapter 6|13 pages

Faith and place

Hindu sacred landscapes of India
ByRana P.B. Singh, Pravin S. Rana

chapter 7|11 pages

Colonial imaginaries, colonized places 1

ByUma Kothari

chapter 8|10 pages

Mobilities and place

ByDavid Bissell

chapter 9|9 pages

Place as human–environment network

Tree planting and place-making in Massachusetts, USA
ByDeborah Martin

part Part II|99 pages

The qualities of place

chapter 10|10 pages


ByMichelle Duffy

chapter 11|10 pages

Weather and place

ByPhillip Vannini, Bradley Austin

chapter 12|10 pages

The luminosity of place

Light, shadow, colour
ByTim Edensor

chapter 13|13 pages

Place after dark

Urban peripheries as alternative futures
ByNick Dunn

chapter 14|9 pages


A liquid place
ByMaarja Kaaristo

chapter 15|11 pages

Place-crafting at the edge of everywhere

ByDavid Paton

chapter 16|10 pages

Thinking place atmospherically

ByShanti Sumartojo

chapter 17|10 pages

The urban Spanglish of Mexico City

ByCristina Garduño Freeman, Beau B. Beza, Glenda Mejía

chapter 18|10 pages

Thinking, doing and being decolonisation in, with and as place

BySarah Wright

part Part III|110 pages

Identity and place

chapter 19|10 pages

Place, age and identity

BySamantha Wilkinson, Catherine Wilkinson

chapter 20|8 pages

Gendering place

Mobilities, borders and belonging
ByDina Vaiou

chapter 21|12 pages

Choreographing place

Race, encounter and co-belonging in the Anthropocene
ByMichele Lobo

chapter 22|10 pages

Class and place

ByPaul Watt

chapter 23|10 pages

‘Food-work city’

Oral history and the contested politics of place
ByBen Rogaly

chapter 24|10 pages

Rurality, place and the imagination

ByRosemary Shirley

chapter 25|9 pages

The symbolic construction of community through place

ByHenrik Schultze

chapter 26|10 pages

Fashioning place

Young Muslim styling and urban belonging
BySaskia Warren

chapter 27|9 pages

Disability and place

ByIlan Wiesel, Ellen van Holstein

chapter 28|16 pages

Reading Bangkok

The transforming and intermingling city
ByCuttaleeya Jiraprasertkun

part Part IV|113 pages

Power, regulating and resisting in place

chapter 29|11 pages

Managing places

ByNikos Ntounis, Dominic Medway, Catherine Parker

chapter 30|11 pages

Risk, resilience and place

ByPaul O’Hare, Iain White

chapter 31|10 pages

Mapping place

ByChris Perkins

chapter 32|10 pages

Of place and law

ByJenny Kanellopoulou

chapter 33|12 pages

Militarisation and the creation of place

ByRachel Woodward

chapter 34|11 pages

Policing place

ByJon Coaffee

chapter 35|9 pages

A passion for place and participation

ByQuintin Bradley

chapter 36|10 pages

Experimental places and spatial politics

ByAlexander Vasudevan

chapter 37|12 pages

Monumentalizing public art through memory of place

Place-based interpretation and commemorability
ByHélène B. Ducros

chapter 38|11 pages

Place and heritage conservation

ByJames Lesh

part Part V|85 pages

Displacement, loss and emplacement

chapter 39|9 pages

Temporary places

Moving people and changing spaces
ByAli Madanipour

chapter 40|10 pages

The place of the camp in protracted displacement

ByCathrine Brun

chapter 41|9 pages

Remaking a place called home following displacement

ByLuis Eduardo Perez Murcia

chapter 42|9 pages

Homelessness and place

ByAlison Young, James Petty

chapter 43|10 pages

Clutter and place

ByTracey Potts

chapter 44|10 pages

Nonhuman place

ByCatherine Phillips, Sarah Robertson

chapter 45|12 pages

Place attachment

ByPatrick Devine-Wright

chapter 46|10 pages

In the presence of absence

Meditations on the cultural significance of abandoned places
ByJustin Armstrong

part Part VI|86 pages

Economic geographies of place

chapter 47|10 pages

Place and economic development

ByCostis Hadjimichalis

chapter 48|9 pages

Place and uneven development

ByRay Hudson

chapter 49|9 pages

Place-making at work

The role of rhythm in the production of ‘thick’ places
ByDawn Lyon

chapter 50|10 pages

Alternative economies and places

ByBastian Lange

chapter 51|12 pages

Consuming places

ByMark Jayne

chapter 52|10 pages

Memory and forgetting in city marketing

(Re)writing the history of urban place?
ByGary Warnaby, Dominic Medway

chapter 53|10 pages

Making new places

The role of events in Master-Planned Communities
ByJudith Mair

chapter 54|10 pages

Place as commodity

Informal settlements’ contribution to tourism in Bogotá and Medellin
ByJaime Hernández-Garcia, Beau B. Beza

part Part VII|115 pages

Creative engagements with place

chapter 55|11 pages

The art of placemaking

A typology of art practices in placemaking
ByCara Courage

chapter 56|10 pages

Contemporary British place writing

Towards a definition
ByDavid Cooper

chapter 57|11 pages

Writing a place

Poetry and ‘ghost rhetoric’
ByHelen Mort

chapter 58|9 pages

Navigating cinematic geographies

Reflections on film as spatial practice
ByLes Roberts

chapter 59|14 pages

Practices of home beyond place attachment

ByVeronica Vickery

chapter 60|14 pages


The Umwelt explored through our creative imagination
ByMike Collier

chapter 61|15 pages

Walking west

Newer Volcanics song project
ByMarita Dyson

chapter 62|12 pages

Place and music

Composing Concrete Antenna
ByRob St. John

chapter 63|11 pages

Of all places … drama and place

ByMike Pearson