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By Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Tim Putnam, Lisa Tickner

There are actually new studies of area and time; new tensions among globalism and regionalism, socialism and consumerism, fact and spectacle; new instabilities of price, that means and identification - a dialectic among earlier and destiny. How are we to appreciate those? Mapping the Futures is the 1st of a chain which brings jointly cultural theorists from diverse disciplines to evaluate the results of monetary, political and social swap for highbrow inquiry and cultural perform.

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So then a double inevitability: that they will fail, and that they will try nothing else. (Williams 1979b: 181) Is there, then, no way to break out of that inevitability? CONCLUSION Places, like space and time, are social constructs and have to be read and understood as such. There are ways to provide a materialist history of this literal and metaphorical geography of the human condition and to do it so as to shed light on the production of a spatially differentiated otherness as well as upon the chimerical ideals of an isolationist communitarian politics and the dilemmas of a non-exclusionary and hence universal emancipatory politics.

The lesson is simple enough. Everyone who moves to establish difference in the contemporary world has to do so through social practices that necessarily engage with the mediating power of money. The latter is, after all, global and universal social power that can be appropriated by individual persons (hence it grounds bourgeois individualism) and any ‘interpretive’ or ‘political’ community which seeks to forge a distinctive identity has to accommodate to it. Indeed, in many instances (such as all of those that Fitzgerald investigated), possession of sufficient money power is a necessary condition for exploring difference through place construction.

The issue of how to create what sort of place becomes imperative for economic as well as political survival. Talk to the mayors of Baltimore, Sheffield and Lille and you will find that this has been their precise preoccupation over the last few years. And it is here, too, that the politics of the cultural mass can take on considerable importance. For if, as Marx insisted, we get at the end of every labour process a result that is the product of our imaginations at the beginning, then how we imagine communities and places of the future becomes part of the jigsaw of what our future can be.

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