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We are very grateful to this group of interdisciplinary scholars who took the time to read and blurb our book. We share them here with much appreciation.

A smart and savvy collection that is genuinely interdisciplinary, The People, Place and Space Reader provides a new take on the foundations of the spatial turn across the contemporary humanities and social sciences while also giving them a much-needed shake: its selections and juxtapositions suggest new twists and turns of tremendous intellectual and practical import.

Derek Gregory, Peter Wall Distinguished Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia, and author of The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq (Wiley 2004) and Spaces (Routledge 2008)

This anthology does extraordinary service in bringing together the most important– and often hard-to-find – readings dealing with how people respond to, interact in, and conceive of space and place. The book shows how many different disciplines have contributed to a social science of space, and how much our understanding of particular places has benefited from this interdisciplinary field. For anyone who wonders about the built environment around them, this book is invaluable.

Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design, University of Minnesota, is the author of many well known books, including the co-authored Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis 2008)

More than 40 years have passed since the first collections of readings in environmental psychology appeared, and subsequently this interdisciplinary field has expanded in several different directions.  Among the most intellectually exciting of these directions is the analysis of the psychological dimensions of public and private places. The People, Place, and Space Reader is an essential guide into this vital arena of inquiry. By drawing on classic work, some too long overlooked, as well as provocative recent writings in psychology,  cultural geography and anthropology, design, and women’s studies, the editors provide invaluable guideposts for a social science that is committed to egalitarian and democratic values.

Harry Heft, Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies, Denison University, is the author of Ecological Psychology in Context: James Gibson, Roger Barker, and the Legacy of William James (Psychology 2005)

A timely and rich collection that crosses disciplines, spaces, and times. Combining classical pieces and more recent studies, this interdisciplinary reader offers fresh perspectives on important topics such as home, identity, publicness, power, and subjectivity. Contributions by anthropologists, geographers, historians, planners, psychologists, and sociologists offer productive and thoughtful engagements with multiple theories, methods, and topics. An outstanding reader that will be of great interests to scholars and students of space and place.

Farha Ghannam, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Islamic Studies Program, Swarthmore College, is the author of Live and Die Like a Man: Gender Dynamics in Urban Egypt (Stanford 2013)

I have been waiting for years for a book like this to come along. Now I will no longer have to cobble together the most innovative work in critical geography and environmental psychology for my students — they are all here together, in an affordable and accessible volume. The editors’ commitments to radical critique, inclusion, and accessibility are carried all the way through. Here is a radical geography education for the rest of us.

Laura Barraclough, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Yale University, is the author of Making the San Fernando Valley: Rural Landscapes, Urban Development, and White Privilege (UGA 2011)and co-author of The People’s Guide to Los Angeles (UCA 2012)

A rich collection of classics and contemporary work that presents space as lived, mapped, imagined, liberated and controlled–but, without doubt, the ultimate social creation.

Sharon Zukin, Professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and at the CUNY Graduate Center, is the author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places (Oxford 2012)

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