Spatializing Culture by Setha Low

Setha Low, professor of Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center at CUNY recently released her new book:

Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place

This book demonstrates the value of ethnographic theory and methods for understanding space and place. It considers how ethnographically based spatial analyses can yield insight into prejudices, inequalities and social exclusion, as well as offering people the means for understanding the places where they live, work, shop, and socialize. In developing the concept of spatializing culture, Setha Low draws on over twenty years of research to examine social production, social construction, embodied, discursive, emotive, affective, and translocal approaches. A global range of fieldwork examples are employed throughout the text to highlight not only the theoretical development of the idea of spatializing culture but also how it can be used in undertaking ethnographies of space and place. The volume will be valuable for all scholars interested in the study of culture through the lens of space and place.


Setha Low is Professor of Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography), Environmental Psychology, and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, U.S.A. She is the former President of the American Anthropological Association and served as Deputy Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.


Praise for Low’s Spatializing Culture:


“Setha Low has taken an incredibly useful and conceptually comprehensive look at anthropological understandings of ‘social production’ and ‘social construction’ in the context of engagements with bodies, language, affect, translocality and their impact on how we navigate space/place. The chapters bring these ideas to life in ways that work both for students in a classroom and for general readers…Low’s work demonstrates anthropology’s singular contribution to theories of space, place, and power today.”

-John L. Jackson, Jr. University of Pennsylvania


“Setha Low brings together in this wonderful volume the great extent of her knowledge of cities and her urban scholarship, the delicacy and richness of a visually inclined ethnography, and the conceptual sophistication of a deep historical and contemporary knowledge of theories of place and space.”

Caroline Knowles, Goldsmith


“Drawing theoretical inspiration from across the social sciences, Spatializing Culture presents state of the art analysis of cotemporary social relations and cultural settings. Setha Low demonstrates the power of ethnography as both method and textual craft to examine how meanings, representations and material effects are felt and embodied in the rough and smooth of peoples’ everyday lives.”

Gareth A. Jones, London School of Economics and Political Science


Spatializing Culture is published by Routledge Publishing.


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(link: https://www.routledge.com/Spatializing-Culture-The-Ethnography-of-Space-and-Place/Low/p/book/9781138945616)

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