Place: An Introduction, 2nd Edition
by Tim Cresswell, published by Wiley-Blackwell, (2014), 9780470655627
Place is a classic text, albeit approached by the author in an academic style. Nonetheless, Cresswell (a professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth) writes in an accessible and relevant way. The book is an acknowledgement of the struggles and debates of defining ‘place’ as a concept. Cresswell captures this complexity by using different examples from different contexts and then weaving them together with theoretical underpinnings. Chapter 1, Defining Place, is something of a must. The text is dense and, in some places challenging, but it is worth giving it a try. The captions on the images (pages 5 and 9) are worth discussing with students, as are the headings, e.g., ‘Place as a way of understanding’ (page 18). Chapter 4 might also be worth exploring, certainly for older readers. It makes direct and explicit links to the work of Massey, which is reassuring. There are long extracts from other authors; again, you may want to give students an activity that synthesises the message.