Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 06, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412958660 | Print ISBN: 9781412958653 | Online ISBN: 9781412958660| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Peter F. Cannavò
The concept of place is familiar in everyday life. We map our spatial world into discrete places, ranging in scale from the microscopic to whole galaxies. Moreover, this concept is a complex one that straddles a number of fields: political science, geography, planning, environmental studies, sociology, philosophy, architecture, and other branches of social theory. Consequently, any discussion of the concept of place must go beyond traditional political theory. In one sense, the concept of place is obviously political. Politics is to a significant degree about the governance of demarcated territorial units, from ancient empires and city-states to the modern nation-state and subnational divisions and municipalities. In political theory, the spatial elements of politics go back to classical thought. Aristotle offered a kind of place, the polis or city-state, as an ideal site for politics, and discussed at length the proper spatial dimensions and physical layout of the polis. Later Perhaps ...