Spaces of Democracy

Clive Barnett and Murray Low (eds.). 2004. Spaces of Democracy: geographical perspectives on citizenship, participation, and representation. Sage.

In an historically unprecedented way, democracy is now increasingly seen as a universal model of legitimate rule. This work addresses the key question: How can democracy be understood in theory and in practise? In three thematically organised sections, Spaces of Democracy uses a critical geographical imagination (informed by thinking on space, place, and scale) to interrogate the latest work in democratic theory. Key ideas and concepts discussed include globalization and transnationalism; representation; citizenship; liberalism; the city and public space; and the media. This volume comprises commissioned work by leading academics investigating democracy. Historical and comparative, animated by wider debates on globalization, it facilitates the critical discussion of core questions on citizenship, the state, and democracy.