Conclusion: the placial imagination
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As I write this, I am thousands of feet in the air, hurtling eastward towards the USA. My previous and next days have been and will be spent hopscotching from airport to airport, plane to plane—a veritable tour of what Marc Augé famously called “non-places” (1995). These spaces, as Augé has it, lack a grounding. They are interstitial, refusing to be tied to a set of socialities and geographies that constitute them as significant and meaningful “places.” Yet, for all that, these non-places are distinct. Their designs have spatial logics. Their lived realities cohere to these logics, or do not, in concrete ways. They employ people who take a range of meaningful relationships to their jobs and their spatial environments—whether of enthusiasm or disdain. They share characteristics, but are not reducible to a singular character. If they are non-spaces, they are far from devoid of a sense of place.
I am returning from a brief round of fieldwork in Bangladesh’s coastal southwest. I have been...
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