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Stone

Stories of Urban Materiality

Authors: Edensor, Tim

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  • Provides a highly readable account, replete with evocative examples and fascinating historical and contemporary stories about stone in Melbourne.  
  • Thoroughly engages with and advances a range of pertinent, current theoretical thinking across the social sciences and humanities, including notions about materiality, value, mobility, relationality and networks, place identity, sensation and affect, and the vitality of the non-human. 
  • Politically engages with notions of sustainability, with the ways in which creative destruction and global flows can have malign effects on the built environment, and with critical questions about what is and is not valued.
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About this book

In undertaking a systematic analysis of urban materiality, this book investigates one kind of material in Melbourne: stone. The work draws on a range of pertinent, current theories that consider materiality, assemblages, networks, phenomenology, resource and extraction geographies, memorialisation, maintenance and repair, place identity, skill, sensation and affect, haunting and the vitalism of the non-human.  In appealing to the general reader, academics and students, this book provides a highly readable account, replete with evocative examples and fascinating historical and contemporary stories about stone in Melbourne.

About the authors

Tim Edensor is Professor of Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Principal Research Fellow in Geography at Melbourne University. He is the author of Tourists at the Taj (1998), National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2002) Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality (2005) and From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination and Gloom (2017). He is the editor of Geographies of Rhythm (2010) and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Place (2020), Rethinking Darkness: Cultures, Histories, Practices (2020) and Geographies of Weather (2020).

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​“Stone transports us into the quiet life of a mundane object that forms the backbone of our social and material lives. But stone does not stay silent for long in the pages of this captivating book. The lithic comes to life, forms networks and relationships, metabolizes with the growth of the city, coalesces into assemblages, and transports, transfixes and provokes memories and feelings. This multi-theoretical excavation reveals that Melbourne’s stone serves as a wonderfully adaptive tool with which to carve new and sophisticated theoretical understandings of urban materiality.” (Phillip Vannini, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Royal Roads University)
Stone is a fascinating, must-read for scholars of material culture, cities and society. Tim Edensor skilfully accounts of how the historical and experiential worlds of everyday urban life are tangibly and sensorially shaped by the movements, structures and feelings created by stone. This impeccably researched book delivers an important demonstration of how and why we need to engage with theoretical plurality in order to comprehend the complexity of the environments, processes and feelings that constitute our contemporary urban configurations.” (Sarah Pink, Professor of Design and Emerging Technologies, Monash University)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-15-4650-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stone
Book Subtitle
Stories of Urban Materiality
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-4650-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-4650-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-4649-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 376
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 54 illustrations in colour
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