“History is [now] found materialized in varying spatial arrangements; history becomes a matter of how space comes to be organized. Space, in short, is now understood both as the product of social processes and as an influence upon them. Capitalism, for example, is not simply temporalizing — always revolutionizing the production process, dooming to obsolescence, and chasing the new. It is also a force for ever new spatial configurations — pushing the people out of settled agrarian existence, concentrating populations and production sites, connecting disparate regions of the world (raw materials becoming inputs for far-off production; products then shipped away for consumption elsewhere), creating and feeding off of divisions between town and country, city and suburb, developed an undeveloped regions of the world. As such a social .. product, space .. has always been a political process… The social production of space, therefore calls for an interpretive geography — a hermeneutics of suspicion…”

Kathryn Tanner, ed. Spirit in the Cities, x-xi