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Critical Toponymies


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Contents: Towards critical toponymies, Jani Vuolteenaho and Lawrence D. Berg; Naming as norming: 'race', gender and the identity politics of naming places in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Lawrence D. Berg and Robin A. Kearns; Naming the past: the significance of commemorative street names, Maoz Azaryahu; Street-naming and nation-building: toponymic inscriptions of nationhood in Singapore, Brenda S. Yeoh; Naming and placing the other: power and the urban landscape in Zanzibar, Garth Andrew Myers; The Aloha State: place names and the anti-conquest of Hawai'i, Douglas Herman; Irish place-names: post-colonial locations, Catherine Nash; Proclaiming place: towards a geography of place name pronunciation, Robin A. Kearns and Lawrence D. Berg; Street names as memorial arenas: the reputational politics of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr in a Georgia county, Derek H. Alderman; Indexing the great ledger of the community: urban housing, numbering, city directories and the production of spatial legibility, Reuben S. Rose-Redwood; Planning and revamping urban toponymy: ideological alterations in the linguistic landscaping of Vuosaari suburb, eastern Helsinki, Jani Vuolteenaho and Teri Ainiala; Toponymic silence and SA!mi place names during the growth of the Norwegian nation state, Kaisa Rautio Helander; Virtual place naming, internet domains, and the politics of misdirection: the case of www.martinlutherking.org, Derek H. Alderman; Index.

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Dr Lawrence D. Berg is from the University of British Columbia, Canada and Dr Jani Vuolteenaho is from the University of Helsinki, Finland Jani Vuolteenaho, Lawrence D. Berg, Robin A. Kearns, Maoz Azaryahu, Brenda S. Yeoh, Garth Andrew Myers, Douglas Herman, Catherine Nash, Derek H. Alderman, Reuben S. Rose-Redwood, Teri Ainiala, Kaisa Rautio Helander.


'Critical Toponymies brings together for the first time under one cover a series of key articles about the control of space through naming practices. From the house to the street to the nation to the globe, place names are laden with human stories, silences, and struggles that continually face off against bureaucratic and linguistic control. If anything, the volume teaches that to name something is not, after all, to know it.' Karen M. Morin, Bucknell University, USA

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