Geographies of exclusion identifies forms of social and spatial exclusion and subsequently examines the fate of knowledge of space and society which has been produced by members of excluded groups. For example, Sibley examines why evaluating writing on urban society by women and black writers is neglected by the academic establishment. He suggests that both the practices which result in the exclusion of minorities and those which result in the exclusion of knowledge have important implications for theory and method in human geography.
Sibley draws on a range of ideas from social anthropology, feminist theory, sociology, human geography and psychoanalysis. This book presents a fresh approach to geographical theory, highlighting the tendency of powerful groups to purify space and to view minorities as defiled and polluting, and exploring the nature of 'difference' and the production of knowledge.