“Fallon Aidoo’s exploration of efforts to contest the reworking of spaces related to railroads that crossed class lines provides insight into how such coalitions can be forged.”

- Technology and Culture, 2018

Politics is spatial; it takes shape all around us, in forms of inclusion and exclusion, geographies of power, and loci of resistance. The essays in this collection illustrate strategies of mobilization and control that emerge from buildings and landscapes as disparate as Rust Belt railway stations and rural Rwandan hills. With contributions from across the humanities and social sciences, this book reveals how spaces forge consensus and conflict, regulate movements and behaviors, and are produced by special interests, both local and global. 

Foregrounding spatial ways of understand the political worlds in which we live, Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place fills a critical gap in scholarship on social relations and the built environment. In doing so, it encourages us to rethink the spaces we encounter--and construct--as agents of political influence, activism, and change. 

The book features contributions from senior scholars Susan Feinstein and Toni L. Griffin as well as emerging scholarship on CONTENTIOUS POLITICS (Margo Shea, Kerry R. Chance, Ahn-Thu Ngo); POLITICS OF CONSENSUS (Delia Duong Ba Wendel, Fallon Samuels Aidoo, Ryne Close); BIOPOLITICS (Joy Knoblauch, Melany Sun-Min Park, Wanda Katja Lieberman) and POLITICS OF EXPERTISE (Orly Linovski, Michael Mendez, H. Fernando Burga). The book was generously sponsored by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the publisher of Harvard Design Magazine, the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University.