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Book Review: Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

Book Review: Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought 832349 CGJ0010.1177/1474474019832349cultural geographiesbook review book-review2019 cultural geographies 2019, Vol. 26(4) 541–546 book reviews © The Author(s) 2019 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/cgj Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought. By Christian Abrahamsson. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. 2018. XXV + 163 pp. $30 paperback. ISBN: 9781496205773. DOI: 10.1177/1474474019832349 Topoi/Graphein represents a summary of the thoughts and work of the Swedish independent scholar Christian Abrahamsson and is based upon the identically titled Swedish PhD thesis he defended at Uppsala University in 2008. The book is composed of three parts, each holding five chapters. Each part sketches a particular time and place (topos) through a movie and then offers the author’s interpretation thereof (graphein). The first part offers a take on the world through the fixed Euclidian geometric markers which allow us to take space for granted and co-ordinate thoughts and actions. The French movie Code inconnu/Crossroads (2000) provides insights into these pro- cesses through the enactment of everyday identity politics. These are meant to demonstrate the nuances of decisions that form different relations between seemingly fixed points. The second part focuses on the relations themselves, particularly how emerging power geometries stabilize and spawn new spaces and places. Peter Brook’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cultural Geographies SAGE

Book Review: Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

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832349 CGJ0010.1177/1474474019832349cultural geographiesbook review book-review2019 cultural geographies 2019, Vol. 26(4) 541–546 book reviews © The Author(s) 2019 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/cgj Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought. By Christian Abrahamsson. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. 2018. XXV + 163 pp. $30 paperback. ISBN: 9781496205773. DOI: 10.1177/1474474019832349 Topoi/Graphein represents a summary of the thoughts and work of the Swedish independent scholar Christian Abrahamsson and is based upon the identically titled Swedish PhD thesis he defended at Uppsala University in 2008. The book is composed of three parts, each holding five chapters. Each part sketches a particular time and place (topos) through a movie and then offers the author’s interpretation thereof (graphein). The first part offers a take on the world through the fixed Euclidian geometric markers which allow us to take space for granted and co-ordinate thoughts and actions. The French movie Code inconnu/Crossroads (2000) provides insights into these pro- cesses through the enactment of everyday identity politics. These are meant to demonstrate the nuances of decisions that form different relations between seemingly fixed points. The second part focuses on the relations themselves, particularly how emerging power geometries stabilize and spawn new spaces and places. Peter Brook’s

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