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Making Place

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Stephan FeuchtwangUniversity of London

ISBN13: 9781844720101
ISBN: 1844720101
Published: June 2004
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



To make a place is to create a location where its creators can feel they belong. Processes of place-making are still very much ongoing today. Geographers, sociologists, political scientists and philosophers of advanced capitalism have said that place is a localisation of the global. But the creation of a place is not legible from such grand perspectives. And it is also much more creative than can be predicted by translating large-scale processes into local cultures. Anthropologists have been sensitive to the intimate, tragic and lyrical senses of local place. But their theorising has been too much bound up with cosmology and insufficiently with the intermediate scales of state and local state. In this book, Stephan Feuchtwang and his contributors offer a set of historical, anthropological and scale-mediated studies from China - a country that includes a subcontinental variety of cultures and landscapes. In the twentieth century it experienced collapse in civil war and was then reasserted as a particularly strong state. Now it is managing the fastest growing capitalist economy in the world.;These intriguing Chinese studies contribute to the anthropology of place and space an historical perspective on processes of change and of accommodation to disruption. The stories they tell are fascinating in their own right. But in addition, the result is a critical reformulation of previous theories of place that geographers, philosophers, historians, and anthropologists will have to take on board.

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Contents:
Theorising Place; Mapping 'Chaos': Dong Xi Fo feuds of Quanzhou, 1644-1839; Breathing New Life into Beijing Culture: New 'traditional' public spaces and the Chaoyang neighbourhood yangge associations; Establishing 'Home' Away From Home: Chinese migrants in the industrial transformation of Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong; Traditional Territories in a Contemporary City: Agency and policy in the preservation of hereditary rights; The Place Where the Sage Wouldn't Go' and 'The Place Where the Sage was Born': Mutual Place Definition in Heilongjiang and Shandong; Hmong Places and Locality; Senses of Local Place and the Temples of West Hunan; Curves and the Urbanisation of Meifa Village and Space and Place.