The issue of viewing space at varied scales – global to local, is very powerful for understanding how space is constructed in relation to the body.

Thinking culture

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I’ve just returned to Henri Lefebvre’s The Production of Space, but this time I tried to look at its depiction of the body in social space. Focusing on this one aspect I was surprised to find just how central the body is in Lefebvre’s analysis. In fact quite early on Lefebvre is very clear that the body is central to his conception of the production of space.

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What comes across in this reading of Lefebvre’s book is an affective account of space. The sensory body is central to spatial production. Although Lefebvre us clear that this sensory production of space can be usurped by powerful conceptions and representations of space. This leads him to talk of the ‘spatial body’ as a sits in which practices and representations of space implicate one another and shape bodily experience. This is quite a complex and recursive vision of the body and of its…

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