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Towards a post-mathematical topology

Martin, Lauren; Secor, Anna J.

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This paper aims to bring clarity to the term topology as it has been deployed in human geography. We summarize the insights that geographers have garnered from thinking topologically about space and power. We find that many deployments of topology both overstretch topology’s conceptual merit and limit its insights for spatial thinking. We show how topology, with its structuralist and modernist baggage, requires some theoretical reworking to be put to work by poststructuralist geographers. Our purpose is not to consolidate a specific topological approach for geographers, but to call for an ongoing consideration of what topology offers poststructuralist spatial theories.


Martin, L., & Secor, A. J. (2014). Towards a post-mathematical topology. Progress in Human Geography, 38(3), 420-438.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 10, 2013
Online Publication Date Oct 23, 2013
Publication Date Jun 1, 2014
Deposit Date Aug 7, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 2017
Journal Progress in Human Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1325
Electronic ISSN 1477-0288
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Pages 420-438


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Copyright Statement
Martin, Lauren and Secor, Anna J. (2014) 'Towards a post-mathematical topology.', Progress in human geography., 38 (3). pp. 420-438. © 2014 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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