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Introduction

  • Jim Brogden
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Abstract

Brogden offers a much-needed critical and aesthetic defence of ‘non-place’, an act of cultural reclamation. In redefining Marc Augé’s concept of non-place, Brogden uses a broader perspective, one that includes post-industrial areas of land situated in the urban landscape, whose cultural meaning has been erased and contested. Brogden considers why these non-places are dismissed as ‘wastelands’ or ‘brownfield’ sites. The chapter draws attention to non-place as a critical mirror to evaluate contemporary society. Brogden’s approach uses the critical conduit offered by non-place to draw upon resources from philosophy, sociology, anthropology, memory studies, eco-criticism, geography, urban theory, and photographic history, to construct a new conception of non-place. Why are certain landscapes protected and valued above other landscapes? Does an established landscape ‘cultural aesthetic’ persist, one that represents ideological power? The ‘Introduction’ concludes with a declaration to view non-places in a different way.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Brogden
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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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