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Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place by Tim Cresswell (review)

Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place by Tim Cresswell (review) REVIEWS MAXWELL STREET: Writing and Thinking Place. Tim Cresswell. The University of Chicago Pr ess, Chicago, IL, 2019. 242 pp.; 57 halftones. $24.95 Paper (ISBN 978-0-226-60425-1) joseph pierce University of Oklahoma Maxwell Street is about two things at once. On one hand, it is about a specific empirical case of a historical compact market district in Chicago, Illinois. On the other, it is about the nature of place and how one operationalizes the study of it. Professor Tim Cress- well’s new book extends a poetic, artistic sensibility to his slow scholarship in a way that is creative, formally experimenting, and occasionally exhilarating. The book deserves attention. It is inconvenient for me, then, to also write that geographers working within contemporary conversations about place should in my view read it with a cautious eye. Cresswell’s approach to place is at odds with where many in the discipline have been moving over the more-than-a-decade during which he has been developing this project. I suspect this will reduce the ultimate impact of the text; however, I celebrate both its relative epistemic openness and its formal and aesthetic ambition. The text is broken into three sections. The first, “writing place,” is a relatively http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Geographer University of North Carolina Press

Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place by Tim Cresswell (review)

Southeastern Geographer , Volume 60 (3) – Aug 7, 2020

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University of North Carolina Press
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REVIEWS MAXWELL STREET: Writing and Thinking Place. Tim Cresswell. The University of Chicago Pr ess, Chicago, IL, 2019. 242 pp.; 57 halftones. $24.95 Paper (ISBN 978-0-226-60425-1) joseph pierce University of Oklahoma Maxwell Street is about two things at once. On one hand, it is about a specific empirical case of a historical compact market district in Chicago, Illinois. On the other, it is about the nature of place and how one operationalizes the study of it. Professor Tim Cress- well’s new book extends a poetic, artistic sensibility to his slow scholarship in a way that is creative, formally experimenting, and occasionally exhilarating. The book deserves attention. It is inconvenient for me, then, to also write that geographers working within contemporary conversations about place should in my view read it with a cautious eye. Cresswell’s approach to place is at odds with where many in the discipline have been moving over the more-than-a-decade during which he has been developing this project. I suspect this will reduce the ultimate impact of the text; however, I celebrate both its relative epistemic openness and its formal and aesthetic ambition. The text is broken into three sections. The first, “writing place,” is a relatively

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Southeastern GeographerUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 7, 2020

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