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Ciaran CarsonSpace, Place, Writing$
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Neal Alexander

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314780

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316203

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Deviations from the Known Route: Reading, Writing, Walking

Deviations from the Known Route: Reading, Writing, Walking

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(p.85) Chapter Three Deviations from the Known Route: Reading, Writing, Walking
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Ciaran Carson
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316203.004

This chapter examines the politics and poetics implied by bodies moving through space in the works of Ciaran Carson. It suggests that Carson considers walking in the city as something that implies utopian spatial politics through which resistance to various forms of socio-spatial regulation might be both imagined and effected. It discusses the surveillance and policing of movements in Belfast and argues that Carson also uses the trope of walking in the city as a resistant spatial practice entailing the mobile and often subversive circulation of citizens within the regulated precincts of urban space.

Keywords:   Ciaran Carson, walking in the city, utopian spatial politics, poetics, socio-spatial regulation, Belfast, policing of movements, spatial practice, urban space

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