Making Place

Making Place

Space and Embodiment in the City
Edited by Arijit Sen and Lisa Silverman
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/13/2014
Format: Hardback 24 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01142-8
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Space and place have become central to analysis of culture and history in the humanities and social sciences. Making Place examines how people engage the material and social worlds of the urban environment via the rhythms of everyday life and how bodily responses are implicated in the making and experiencing of place. The contributors introduce the concept of spatial ethnography, a new methodological approach that incorporates both material and abstract perspectives in the study of people and place, and encourages consideration of the various levels—from the personal to the planetary—at which spatial change occurs. The book’s case studies come from Costa Rica, Colombia, India, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Author Bio

Arijit Sen is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is editor (with Jennifer Johung) of Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics, and Placemaking.

Lisa Silverman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is author of Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars and editor (with Deborah Holmes) of Interwar Vienna: Culture between Tradition and Modernity.


“Positioned in a growing anthropological and geographical literature that approaches social space as the product of movement, action, and experience, [and specifically] concerned with how built environments are realized as social spaces.”
 — Stuart Rockefeller, Columbia University

“Rich, diverse, and provocative meditations on place and identity formation . . . it builds on the previous scholarship on bodies, memory and place while also moving our understanding of this theme in a refreshing and engaging direction: toward the embodied, performed, and lived dimension of built environment, in both historical and contemporary perspectives.”
 — Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia

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Table of Contents

Introduction Embodied Placemaking: An Important Category of Critical Analysis
Arijit Sen and Lisa Silverman
1. Placemaking and Embodied Space
Setha Low
2. Visualizing the Body Politic
Swati Chattopadhyay
3. Inside the Magic Circle: Conjuring the Terrorist Enemy at the 2001 Group of Eight Summit
Emanuela Guano
4. Eating Ethnicity: Spatial Ethnography of Hyderabad House Restaurant on Devon Avenue, Chicago
Arijit Sen
5. Urban Boundaries, Religious Experience, and the North West London Eruv
Jennifer A. Cousineau
6. "Art, Memory, and the City" in Bogotá: Mapa Teatro’s Artistic Encounters with Inhabited Places
Karen E. Till
7. Jewish Memory, Jewish Geography: Vienna before 1938
Lisa Silverman