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Virtual Geographies : Bodies, Space and Relations - Mike Crang

Virtual Geographies

Bodies, Space and Relations

By: Mike Crang (Editor), Phil Crang (Editor), Jon May (Editor)

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Published: 28th June 1999
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This book examines the interrelationship between telecommunications and tourism in shaping the nature of space, place and the urban at the end of the twentieth century. They discuss how these agents are instrumental in the production of homogenous world-spaces, and how htese, in turn, presuppose new kinds of political and cultural identity.
Virtual Geographies explores how new communication technologies are being used to produce new geographies and new types of space. Leading contributors from a wide range of disciplines including geography, sociology, philosophy and literature:
* investigate how visions of cyberspace have been constructed
* offer a critical assessment of the status of virtual environments and geographies
* explore how virtual environments reshape the way we think and write about the world. This book sets recent technological developments in a historical and geographical perspective to offer a clearer view of the new vistas ahead.

"Communication and the social adoption of technology are two issues that have received less attention from geographers than they deserve. This collection provides some valuable insights into both of these topics. . . . [P]rofessors and graduate students in geography will probably find the book of interest . . . if they are interested in technology, communication, or popular culture." -"The Annals of the AAG, 04/00

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Embedding the virtualp. 21
Toward the light 'within': optical technologies, spatial metaphors and changing subjectivitiesp. 23
The telephone: its social shaping and public negotiation in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Londonp. 44
Consumers or workers?: restructuring telecommunications in Aotearoa/New Zealandp. 63
Transnationalism, technoscience and difference: the analysis of material--smiotic practicesp. 79
The convergence of virtual and actual in the Global Matrix: artificial life, geo-economics and psychogeographyp. 92
Cyberscapesp. 107
From city space to cyberspacep. 109
Geographies of surveillant simulationp. 131
Rural telematics: The Information Society and rural developmentp. 149
Internauts and guerrilleros: the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico and its extension into cyberspacep. 164
Gender and the landscapes of computing in an Internet cafep. 178
Thinking and writing the virtualp. 203
The virtual realities of technology and fiction: reading William Gibson's cyberspacep. 205
On boundfulness: the space of hypertext bodiesp. 222
Unthinkable complexity? Cyberspace otherwisep. 244
Virtual worlds: simulation, suppletion, s(ed)uction and simulacrap. 261
Referencesp. 284
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780415168274
ISBN-10: 0415168279
Series: Studies in Culture and Communication
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th June 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1