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Department of Geography

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Publication details for Professor Mike Crang

Crang, M. Temporal ecologies: multiple times, multiple spaces, and complicating space times. Environment and Planning A. 2012;44:2119-2123.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

It has become rightly de rigeur for critical geography to talk
of spacetime as linked together. What the papers gathered here also show is
that this handy linking into one term is, if useful and important, also, in
some ways, a chaotic conceptualisation. In one sense this is because space
and time interact in a multitude of ways—whose complex patterning this
theme issue does so much to illustrate. In a rather deeper sense it is
because the terms space and time actually convey many different senses. The
question this collection of papers raises is what kind of ‘time’ is
seen interacting with what kind of ‘space’ when we talk of
spatiotemporal geographies. What kinds of times, what kinds of spaces, and
what resulting timespaces do
we see in these critical geographies? The timing and placing of events
often reveal issues of power and inequality for sure. But I want to suggest
we can see in these papers how power is etched into the kinds of times and
spaces that organise events and through which
events unfold. If it is commonplace to follow Lefebvre’s (1991, page 334)
argument that social confl ict and power are not just a matter of social
relations and contradictions in space
but of space, then the same must apply to time and by extension the forms
of timespace