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spatial fetishism

  A term of criticism applied to approaches that accord space a separate and substantial reality with its own distinctive powers (cf. spatial separatism): the term has been most forcefully applied to locational analysis and spatial science, in particular their treatment of the so-called frictions of distance as a causal mechanism. Space per se is contentless and only important when given status by human agents, as also occurs with nature. (RJJ)

Suggested Reading Sayer, A. 1985: The difference that space makes. In D. Gregory and J. Urry, eds, Social relations and spatial structures. London: Macmillan, 49-66.



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