The People, Place, and Space Reader brings together the writings of scholars, designers, and activists from a variety of fields to make sense of the makings and meanings of the world we inhabit. They help us to understand the relationships between people and the environment at all scales, and to consider the active roles individuals, groups, and social structures play in creating the environments in which people live, work, and play. These readings highlight the ways in which space and place are produced through large- and small-scale social, political, and economic practices, and offer new ways to think about how people engage the environment in multiple and diverse ways.

Providing an essential resource for students of urban studies, geography, sociology and many other areas, this book brings together important but, till now, widely dispersed writings across many inter-related disciplines. Introductions from the editors precede each section; introducing the texts, demonstrating their significance, and outlining the key issues surrounding the topic. A companion website, PeoplePlaceSpace.org, extends the work even further by providing an on-going series of additional reading lists that cover issues ranging from food security to foreclosure, psychiatric spaces to the environments of predator animals.

part Section 1|38 pages

Diverse Conceptions between People, Place, and Space

chapter 1|5 pages

Constructing Differences in Public Spaces

Race, Class, and Gender as Interlocking Systems (1996)
BySusan Ruddick

chapter 2|5 pages

Spacetime and the World

ByDavid Harvey

chapter 3|5 pages

Psychological Ecology

ByKurt Lewin

chapter 4|5 pages


ByRem Koolhaas

chapter 5|7 pages

One Place after Another

Notes on Site Specificity (1997)
ByMiwon Kwon

chapter 6|5 pages

Spatializing Culture

An Engaged Anthropological Approach to Space and Place (2014)
BySetha Low

part Section 2|32 pages

Human Perception and Environmental Experience

chapter 7|5 pages

Psychological Maps of Paris

ByStanley Milgram, Denise Jodelet

chapter 8|6 pages

The City Image and Its Elements

ByKevin Lynch

chapter 9|5 pages

The Theory of Affordances

ByJames J. Gibson

chapter 10|4 pages

Spatial Invasion

ByRobert Sommer

chapter 11|6 pages

Theory of the Dérive and Definitions (1958)

ByGuy Debord

part Section 3|34 pages

Place and Identity

chapter 12|5 pages


Physical World Socialization of the Self (1983)
ByHarold M. Proshansky, Abbe K. Fabian, Robert Kaminoff

chapter 13|5 pages

Urban Landscape History

The Sense of Place and the Politics of Space (1995)
ByDolores Hayden

chapter 14|5 pages

The Idea of Chinatown

The Power of Place and Institutional Practice in the Making of a Racial Category (1987)
ByKay J. Anderson

chapter 15|5 pages

The Brandon Archive

ByJudith Jack Halberstam

chapter 16|3 pages

The Poor Little Rich Man

ByAdolf Loos

chapter 17|5 pages

Migration, Material Culture and Tragedy

Four Moments in Caribbean Migration (2008)
ByDaniel Miller

part Section 4|40 pages

Power, Subjectivity, and Space

chapter 18|5 pages

Tall Storeys

ByKim Dovey

chapter 19|6 pages

Desire and the Prosthetics of Supervision

A Case of Maquiladora Flexibility (2001)
ByMelissa W. Wright

chapter 20|6 pages

Mothers Reclaiming Our Children

ByRuth Wilson Gilmore

chapter 21|5 pages

The Social Becomes the Spatial, the Spatial Becomes the Social

Enclosures, Social Change and the Becoming of Places in the Swedish Province of Skåne (1985)
ByAllan Pred

chapter 22|6 pages

Software-sorted Geographies

ByStephen D.N. Graham

chapter 23|6 pages

The Habitus and the Space of Life-Styles

ByPierre Bourdieu

part Section 5|36 pages

Meanings of Home

chapter 25|5 pages

Domesticity (1986)

ByWitold Rybczynski

chapter 25|7 pages

Disability, Embodiment and the Meaning of the Home

ByRob Imrie

chapter 26|5 pages

You Got to Remember You Live in Public Housing

Place-making in an American Housing Project (2008)
ByTalja Blokland

chapter 27|5 pages

The House as Symbol of the Self (1974)

ByClare Cooper

chapter 28|3 pages

Home Rules

ByDenis Wood, Robert J. Beck

chapter 29|5 pages


Territory and Identity (2000)
ByJ. Macgregor Wise

part Section 6|36 pages

“Public” and “Private”

chapter 30|5 pages

Putting the Public Back into Public Space

ByKurt Iveson

chapter 31|5 pages

To Go Again to Hyde Park

Public Space, Rights, and Social Justice (2003)
ByDon Mitchell

chapter 33|5 pages

Privacy Could Only Be Had in Public

Gay Uses of the Streets (1995)
ByGeorge Chauncey

chapter 34|5 pages

People Who Live in Glass Houses

Edith Farnsworth, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Phillip Johnson (1998)
ByAlice T. Friedman

chapter 35|5 pages

The Prison of “Public Space”

ByMark Kingwell

part Section 7|36 pages

The Urban Experience

chapter 36|4 pages

The Metropolis and Mental Life

ByGeorg Simmel

chapter 37|5 pages

Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century

Exposé of 1939 (1939)
ByWalter Benjamin

chapter 38|5 pages

Spatial Practices

Walking in the city (1984)
ByMichel de Certeau

chapter 39|4 pages

The Uses of Sidewalks

Contact (1961)
ByJane Jacobs

chapter 40|6 pages

People as Infrastructure

Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg (2004)
ByAbdouMaliq Simone

chapter 41|6 pages

City Life and Difference

ByIris Marion Young

part Section 8|30 pages

Landscape: Nature and Culture

chapter 42|4 pages

A Pair of Ideal Landscapes

ByJohn Brinkerhoff (J.B.) Jackson

chapter 43|5 pages

The African Origins of Carolina Rice Culture (2000)

ByJudith Carney

chapter 44|5 pages

This Land is Ours Now

Spatial Imaginaries and the Struggle for Land in Brazil (2004)
ByWendy Wolford

chapter 45|5 pages

Beyond Wilderness and Lawn

ByMichael Pollan

chapter 46|5 pages

Ecstatic Places

ByLouise Chawla

part Section 9|37 pages

The Social Production of Space and Time

chapter 47|5 pages

The Production of Space (1991)

ByHenri Lefebvre

chapter 48|4 pages

Railroad Space and Railroad Time

ByWolfgang Schivelbusch

chapter 49|6 pages

A Time for Space and a Space for Time

The Social Production of the Vacation House (1980)
ByAnthony D. King

chapter 50|5 pages

A Room of One's Own

ByVirginia Woolf

chapter 51|5 pages

The Last Place They Thought Of

Black Women's Geographies (2006)
ByKatherine McKittrick

chapter 52|6 pages

Class Struggle on Avenue B

The Lower East Side as Wild Wild West (1996)
BySmith Neil

part Section 10|34 pages

Shifting Perspectives Optics for Revealing Change and Reworking Space

chapter 53|3 pages

Panopticism (1975)

ByMichel Foucault

chapter 54|4 pages

Toward an Architecture of Humility

On the Value of Experience (1999)
ByJuhani Pallasmaa

chapter 55|6 pages

Rethinking Environmental Racism

White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California (2000)
ByLaura Pulido

chapter 56|5 pages

Editorial: Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings (2006)

ByKevin Hannam, Mimi Sheller, John Urry

chapter 57|5 pages

Introduction: The Global and the Intimate

ByGeraldine Pratt, Victoria Rosner

chapter 58|5 pages

On the Grounds of Globalization

A Topography for Feminist Political Engagement (2001)
ByCindi Katz

part Section 11|36 pages

The Spatial Imagination

chapter 59|5 pages

Invention, Memory, and Place

ByEdward W. Said

chapter 60|6 pages

Negotiating the Muslim American Hyphen

BySelçuk R. Sirin, Michelle Fine

chapter 61|5 pages

Maps and the Formation of the Geo-Body of Siam

ByThongchai Winichakul

chapter 62|5 pages

Drawing the Coral Heads

Mental Mapping and its Physical Representation in a Polynesian Community (2003)
ByFeinberg Richard, Ute J. Dymon, Pu Paiaki, Pu Rangituteki, Pu Nukuriaki, Matthew Rollins

chapter 63|5 pages

How Do We Get Out of This Capitalist Place?

ByJ.K. Gibson-Graham

chapter 64|4 pages

De-, Dis-, Ex-

ByBernard Tschumi

part Section 12|30 pages

Democratic Prospects and Possibilities

chapter 66|4 pages


ByGilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari

chapter 67|4 pages

Living the “Revolution” in an Egyptian village

Moral Action in a National Space (2012)
ByLila Abu-Lughod

chapter 68|5 pages

Introduction: Traffic in Democracy

ByMichael Sorkin

chapter 69|5 pages

Containing Children

Some Lessons on Planning for Play from New York City (2002)
ByRoger A. Hart