ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bringing Space Alive

Doreen Massey’s World of Connected Geography

Doreen Massey (1944-2016), the feminist geographer who passed away recently, rued that space was always treated like a residual category in the social sciences. The time has come to engage with her multidimensional oeuvre and reclaim space as a strictly political category.

The centrality of politics in Doreen Massey’s intellectual and institutional life makes her a scholar extraordinaire. Her work, spanning nearly half a century, combined academics and activism in an exemplary manner. Massey belonged to the generation of Marxist scholars in the United Kingdom who enlivened the intellectual debates in the 1970s. She was born to parents with little formal education in Manchester in 1944 and as a gifted student went to the St Hugh’s College at Oxford. In her professional academic life she remained the professor of geography at the Open University in London from 1982 to 2009 and as an emeritus professor until her death in March 2016.

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