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What Can Notions of Space Contribute to Our Understanding of Power?

By Aleysha Shergill - History Student @ St Hilda's College, Oxford


Spatial theorists and historians have long acknowledged that space is not something we simply pass through, nor is it merely about physical and material space. Rather, the production of space is, above all, political and a central part of the reproduction of social relations. This has been acknowledged by Marxists who have argued that space, in particular the urban city, is the creation of a dominant bourgeoisie interested in the production of capital. The ‘spatial turn’ has also emphasised the discursive and cultural creation of ‘imagined’ space and its role in the reproduction of social relations along the lines of race, gender,