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Edward W. Soja

Edward W. Soja is an urban geographer and a teacher at the Department of Urban Planning of the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA). He approaches the contemporary city from a typically Anglo-Saxon and North American viewpoint. The center of all his analyses is the urban area of Los Angeles, which he has studied from very varied perspectives: Urban criticism, the political economy, regional planning, urban geography... His studies concentrate on the spatiality of social relations, focussing on matters of class, race, gender, identity, and in particular the impact of the late capitalist economic restructuring. He belongs to the so-called LA School, a group of neo-Marxist researchers from the departments of Urban Planning and Geography at UCLA who carry out regional studies and produce urban criticism.


  • SOJA, Edward W. Postmodern geographies. The reassertion of space in critical social theory. London: Verso Press, 1989.
  • SOJA, Edward W. Thirdspace. Journeys to Los Angeles and other real and imagined places. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
  • SOJA, Edward W. Postmetropolis. Critical studies of cities and regions. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.


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