Postmodern Space, Postcolonial Resistance, '99 -- Postmodernism -- Literary Criticism -- IACD
Edward Soja
Soja, Edward. "Reassertions: Towards a Spatialized Ontology." Postmodern Geographies. London: Verso, 1989. 118-137.
Leonora Yang
Thesis: To recover [spatiality] from the historicist devaluation, to make space visible again as a fundamental referent of social being, requires a rethinking not only of the concreteness of capitalist spatial practices but also of the philosophizing abstractions of modern ontology and epistemology (119-20).

   I. Materiality and Illusion in the Conceptualization of Space
   Definition/premises of spatiality:
1. Spatiality is a substantiated and recognizable social product, part of a "second nature" which incorporates as it socializes and transforms both physical and psychological spaces.

2. As a social product, spatiality is simultaneously the medium and outcome, presupposition and embodiment, of social action and relationship.  3. The spatial-temporal structuring of social life defines how social action and relationship (including class relations) are materially constituted, made concrete.  4. The constitution/concretization process is problematic, filled with contradiction and struggle (amidst much that is recursive and routinized).

 5. Contradictions arise primarily from the duality of produced space as both outcome/embodiment/product and medium/presupposition/producer of social activity.

 6. Concrete spatiality--actual human geography--is thus a competitive arena for struggles over social production and reproduction, for social practices aimed either at maintenance and reinforcement of existing spatiality or at significant restructuring and/or radical transformation.

 7. The temporality of social life, from routines and events of day-to-day activity to the longer-run making of history, is rooted in spatial contingency in much the same way as the spatiality of social life is rotted in temporal/historical contingency.

 8. The materialist interpretation of history and the materialist interpretation of geography are inseparably intertwined and theoretically concomitant, with no inherent prioritization of one over the other.   II. Spatialized Ontology (the meta-theoretical discourse): on the Existential Spatiality of Being