In any collection of essays, the most important objective is choosing the right topic that will open up and stimulate further discussion. The contributors on their part must represent diverse views, yet propose solutions that point in the same general direction.
In this respect, editors Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister achieved success in their excellent book, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America. It is a collection that challenges the reader to enter into discussion, yet also points toward organic solutions outside the box of modern academia.
The subject matter of this book is very important: the notion of place in an increasingly global and digitally disembodied world. It strikes on a profound chord since the sensation of rootlessness and anomie weighs heavily upon postmodern society. Place really doesn’t seem to matter.
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