2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Review of Consumption and its Consequences

My review of Danny Miller’s Consumption and its Consequences has been published in Area. It’s very good (the book, that is) – if you’re interested in consumption, obviously, but that might not be the main point; it’s also about how to think about poverty, or thinking about social change, thinking about how and why materiality matters. Big ideas in an accessible package.

Post-apartheid Geographies

At the Society and Space webpage, a series of research papers on aspects of post-apartheid South Africa, taken from the various Environment and Planning journals (well, A, C, and D), have been collected as a Virtual Theme issue – these will be available open access for three months. Antipode have a similar Spotlight on South Africa section.

Introducing Human Geographies

IHGI have just received my copy of the new, 3rd edition of Introducing Human Geographies, “the leading guide to Human Geography for undergraduate students”. Technically, not published ’til 2014, but perhaps available in the better bookshops in time for Christmas. In the second edition, published in 2005, I wrote a chapter under the Issues sub-section with the title ‘Who cares?‘. This time, I have a chapter in the Horizons sub-section on ‘How to think about public space‘. This chapter is actually the first published piece in which I attempt to outline some of my own thinking about publicness that came out of an ESRC project on the theme of Emergent Publics which finished a while ago now…. I’m not sure an undergraduate textbook is necessarily the best place to try to articulate the fuzzy research agenda that I thought might have ’emerged’ from that project, but I suppose it might be a good way of catching the next generation early. Only time will tell.