Tim Cresswell’s words on Neil Smith

Landscape Surgery

At our Landscape Surgery meeting yesterday Felix Driver mentioned the death of Neil Smith. I wanted to add a few words. I heard about Neil Smith’s death pretty much at the moment when I was entering yet another entry by his name in the index for a book on Geographic Though. I think any such book cannot help but have multiple entries in his index under his name. His work on gentrification was seminal but even more important (in my view) was his higher level theorisation of the production of space and nature through processes of uneven development.

When I first started attending AAG conferences in 1988 Neil Smith was always one of the start attractions for a postgraduate student with radical inclinations. I loved to watch him say it as he saw hit with rarely a mention of words like “ambiguous” or “ambivalent”. Neil knew what he wanted to…

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