Category Archives: Geography

Ashgate author re-enacts the world’s first long distance bicycle journey

9781472439116Over the last fortnight Glen Norcliffe, author of Critical Geographies of Cycling has been taking part in a rather epic event, cycling between Paris and Avignon by velocipede. The event is a re-enactment of the world’s first long distance journey on two wheels commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 864km journey undertaken by two brothers, René and Aimé Olivier in 1865.

Glen is one member of a team of enthusiasts who have embarked on this journey to highlight the early origins of cycling and to celebrate the remarkable history of the bicycle at a time when the hobby is experiencing a massive boom in popularity.

You can read more about the participants involved in the journey and discover more about their motivations on this blog:


New Series – Cultural Geographies: Rewriting the Earth

Posted by Katy Crossan, Senior Commissioning Editor

Ashgate is delighted to announce the launch of a new series, Cultural Geographies: Rewriting the Earth, with series editors Paul Kingsbury (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Arun Saldanha (University of Minnesota, USA).

Social and Cultural Geography series postcard

Cultural geography has witnessed profound changes in recent years on three interrelated levels: theoretical, methodological, and socio-political. In terms of theory, new conceptions of culture have emerged which examine social and geographical differentiation as involving objects, affect, nonhumans, mobility, emotion, queerness, assemblage, materiality, the unconscious, biopolitics, relationality, and intersectionality. At the level of methodology, experiments with fieldwork and writing practices demonstrate the extent to which cultural geography has learnt from and contributes to many areas of policy, science, therapy, ethics, aesthetics, and activism. Finally, in terms of the socio-political and engagements with the world outside of academia, cultural geographers are exploring the multiple crises of energy, climate change, nationalism, (sub)urban expansion, loss of biodiversity, inequality, and fragmentation of life under the spell of digital technologies and consumerism.

Contemporary cultural geography cannot be defined simply as a distinctive sub-field within geography (“earth writing”), but rather as an efflorescence of many strands of research exploring cultural phenomena with the shared commitment to spatiality. This new series offers a dedicated space for high-quality and innovative research monographs and edited collections in cultural geography which address the new hopes, dangers, and intensities that are rewriting the earth.

For further information about the series, including details of how to submit a book proposal, please email Senior Commissioning Editor Katy Crossan.

Call for Chapter Contributions: (Im)mobilities in the City – creating knowledge for planning cities in the Global South and postcolonial cities

Posted by Katy Crossan, Senior Commissioning Editor

Call for Chapter Contributions: (Im)mobilities in the City – creating knowledge for planning cities in the Global South and postcolonial cities

Transport and Society book series

Series Editor: Margaret Grieco, Professor of Transport and Society, Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University.

Edited by Dr Tanu Priya Uteng and Dr Karen Lucas, this book proposes to examine the ways in which different facets of mobilities have converged to shape cities and regions in postcolonial societies and the ways in which such mobilities are being modified – both positively and negatively.

Within this context, the editors would welcome abstracts for chapters from researchers working in this field with a particular focus on the following issues:

– daily micro-mobilities (and immobilities) of people

– histories of mobilities

– resource (space, transport, economic opportunities) consumption

– gentrification

– the practices / power exercised by both the people (through activism) and the State in governing mobilities

The book will be situated in the cultures, spaces, forms and politics of mobilities in postcolonial societies with a specific focus on planning practices. It aims to illustrate the diverse range of influences that ‘development’ has exerted in reshaping mobilities in developing countries thereby carving out, in many cases, non-functioning and deformed social fabrics, agencies, entitlements, roles and capabilities. To this end, the book will posit that mobilities as a constituent factor for development should be decoded and integrated at multiple levels of interaction. The book further aims to provide a theoretical framework for understanding and commenting on mobilities and to indicate possible policy directions based on case study examples.

If you are interested in being involved please send an abstract (500 words) by August 20th 2015 to the editors Dr Tanu Priya Uteng and Dr Karen Lucas. The selection of papers will be announced by 10th September 2015.

Space, Knowledge and Power – Guest Podcast by Jeremy Crampton and Stuart Elden

Space Knowledge and PowerPosted by Emily Ferro, Marketing Coordinator

Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography by Jeremy Crampton and Stuart Elden has been chosen by our editors as having played a significant part in the building and reputation of our Geography list. In the years since publication, the authors have had a chance to reflect on their work and the process of publishing.

This book takes a close look at the work of Michel Foucault, featuring contributions by key figures such as David Harvey, Chris Philo, Sara Mills, Nigel Thrift, John Agnew, Thomas Flynn and Matthew Hannah. In the podcast below, recorded in Chicago, at the Swissôtel, the editors of this influential book discuss their experiences and motivations in publishing their work. They also reflect on the impact their research has had, and look to future endeavors.

To hear about the authors’ experiences, you can listen to the podcast here:

For more information about Space, Knowledge and Power, please visit Here, you will find information, reviews, contents, and a chance to look inside the book’s pages.

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Online versions of our printed catalogues are available to browse. Please follow the links below to your subject(s) of interest.

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Don’t forget, ALL orders on our website receive 10% discount.

Pioneering women in Post-War Architecture and Planning

Posted by Fiona Dunford, Marketing Executive

In marking the celebration of International Working Women’s Day on March 8th this year, it is good to look back and recognise the achievements of pioneering women who made their mark in society and broke new ground in their chosen professions, during the critical post-war years. Two such women are Mary Beaumont Medd, a public-sector school buildings architect, and Jacqueline Tyrwhitt, architect, landscape designer/city planner, journalist and educator.

A life in education and architectureMary Beamont Medd (Née Crowley) began architectural practice at the height of the depression. It was Elizabeth Denby, who introduced her to a user-centred approach to design and this concept of planning around the occupants’ needs would become the hallmark of her school buildings programme.

Hired by Hertfordshire’s education department in 1941 and the first architect to be employed by the county, she initially supervised huts erected for the wartime school meals service, but soon moved on to plan for post-war school building within the education department.

When Hertfordshire acquired an architect’s department in 1946 and a schools team was created, Mary joined them. She designed the first school, Burleigh infants, at Cheshunt – it was just three square prefabricated classrooms, separated by intimate courts for play, but the whole of Hertfordshire’s school-building programme developed from that modest prototype.

She made contacts with the best teachers, learned what they were trying to do and watched children in and out of classes. By bringing this direct and – far rarer among architects – systematic observation of habits and needs to bear on designing schools, she acquired unique authority in primary school planning. It was enhanced when she teamed up with David Medd, the ablest practical designer among the Hertfordshire architects.

In 1949, David and Mary married. The Medds were revered for superlatively tailoring their schools to child-centred education. Beyond what they designed themselves, their advice and thoughtfulness saturated Britain’s post-war schools and helped win them an international reputation.

Mary died in 2005 leaving an architectural legacy which displayed her exhaustive attention to children’s and teachers’ needs and their human expression in subtle, modulated spaces, neither completely open nor closed. Working with invariable anonymity, she was contemptuous of fame.

A Life in Education and Architecture: Mary Beaumont Medd, by Catherine Burke, University of Cambridge, UK provides more than a biography of Mary Medd (née Crowley), one of the foremost Modernist architects in the UK. This book critically examines her innovative designs for school buildings in post-war Britain. In doing so, it provides a detailed exploration of the relationships between architects, educators, artists and designers in shaping a new approach to designing for education.

Jaqueline TyrwhittMary Jaqueline Tyrwhitt (Jacky) attended St Paul’s Girls School in Hammersmith and hoped to work for a history scholarship to Oxford, but her father did not allow her to pursue that course. Instead she studied at the Royal Horticultural School obtaining a General Horticultural Diploma, followed by a course at the Architectural Association School in London where she was greatly influenced by Patrick Geddes’ view of town planning, as organic growth responding to the needs of society rather than as a pattern to be imposed on society.

After various jobs and study periods in gardening, agriculture, architecture, town planning and industry, she was, during the war, made Director of Research at the School of Planning and Regional Reconstruction as well as Director of Studies at the School of Planning and Research for Regional Development, positions that she held for seven years, during which time she was much involved in the reconstruction of a devastated post-war Britain.

It was in 1947 that she met the Swiss art historian Siegfried Giedion and subsequently became one of his fervent admirers, translating and editing all his major works. Subsequently her links with thinkers in the international architectural world became stronger and in 1951 she left England for Canada.

The next fourteen years were spent mainly in North America, working for the School of Graduate Studies in Toronto, for the United Nations, and then at Harvard University, all in the field of town and regional planning. While she was working for the UN in India in 1953 she met the Greek architect and visionary, Constantine Doxiades, who became the third major influence on her thinking.

In 1969 she retired from her professorship at Harvard and came to live permanently in Greece. In addition to creating her garden there and giving hospitality to a constant stream of family, friends, students and colleagues from all over the world, she continued to work as an editor, teacher and consultant. The night that she died, 21 February 1983, she was working on the final details of her gardening book.

Jaqueline Tyrwhitt: A Transnational Life in Urban Planning and Design, by Ellen Shoshkes, Portland State University, USA, is an intellectual biography which, not only details the landmark contributions of Jacqueline Tyrwhitt, working alongside Geddes, Sert, Giedion and Doxiadis, but also indicates their relevance for contemporary scholars and practitioners, particularly those concerned with ‘healthy’ community design and sustainability.

Tourism Books from Ashgate and Gower

Posted by Katy Crossan, Commissioning Editor

Our high quality Tourism list has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, with a strong focus on heritage tourism, tourism and culture and sustainable tourism. The study of tourism is inherently interdisciplinary and with this in mind we have brought together our key books on tourism research from across our social science, humanities and business publishing programmes in this new Tourism webpage to make it easier to navigate the titles and series we offer in this area.

Some recent book highlights include:

Tourism destination developmentTourism Destination Development (edited by Arvid Viken and Brynhild Granås, UiT – the Arctic University of Norway)

’If tourism’s formative power in the making of societies is acknowledged, few contributions take this point as comprehensively into social science as this impressive volume edited by Viken and Granås. Through critical thinking and theoretically informative case studies, readers are taken aboard reflexive and situated investigations of the plural and multiple ways in which tourist destinations develop.’   Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Roskilde University, Denmark

Volunteer tourismVolunteer Tourism (Mary Mostafanezhad, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa)

‘While excoriating volunteer tourism’s neoliberal underpinnings, this marvellous study also documents its transformative cosmopolitan hope for tourists, humanitarian organizations, and host communities that engage. A must read for anyone wanting to understand tourism’s potential for social justice, and why this is so difficult to achieve.’   Margaret Byrne Swain, University of California, Davis, USA

Travel tourism and artTravel, Tourism and Art (Edited by Tijana Rakić, Edinburgh Napier University and Jo-Anne Lester, University of Brighton)

‘Rakic and Lester have brought together a timely compendium of resources. In fifteen disciplinarily-diverse essays, the reader will learn about the historical, theoretical, and aesthetic dimensions of travel and culture. The anthology demonstrates that tourism and the arts are inextricably linked. A must-have for anyone interested in understanding how leisure is both meaningful and meaning making.’    Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin, USA