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Title: Post-colonial spaces? : interrogating the spaces of planning and theory
Author: McGuinness, Mark
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis is concerned with how space is represented. Of particular interest are discursive constructions of space in the formal articulations of spatial planning and the contemporary languages of academic geography and social science. It is suggested that no understanding of the Western spatial imaginary could be complete without consideration of the constituting logic of colonisation and spatial expansion on Western ideas of space and its potentialities. Empirical illustrations are taken from the physical, formal language of the British new towns projects, Corbusian planning ideas and Victorian urban social reform agitations. There is a consideration of academic literatures that imply, suggest and promote differing versions of space. Concerns about the continued 'white eye' of the new post-colonial place geographies of contemporary Britain are outlined. Argued through a broad, interdisciplinary literature, particular focus is placed on redefining colonialism as a discursive strategy for appropriating others. The thesis concludes that there is a continued need for a decolonisation of Western spatial identities and registers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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