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Spatial EcologiesUrban Sites, State and World-Space in French Cultural Theory$
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Verena Andermatt Conley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317545

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317217

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Michel de Certeau: Anthropological Spaces

Michel de Certeau: Anthropological Spaces

(p.29) 2 Michel de Certeau: Anthropological Spaces
Spatial Ecologies
Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes Michel de Certeau's anthropology of mixed and indeterminate space. Certeau writes a cultural anthropology that discerns the unconscious religious tenor of everyday life. His The Practice of Everyday Life develops a different concept of the body, closer to language and psychoanalysis. He believes that Azouz Begag's immigrant experience can be strongly associated to the experience of space and time. For Certeau and Begag, space is less produced than developed through dynamic movement and practice among ordinary people who reinvent the everyday to ‘make’ the city from heteroclite ways of living and from the encounter between immigrants and natives.

Keywords:   space, Michel de Certeau, cultural anthropology, The Practice of Everyday Life, Azouz Begag, immigrants

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