Virtual Geographies: Bodies, Space and Relations [NOOK Book]

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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 and offer a critical assessment of the status of virtual environments and geographies. Leading contributors set recent technological developments ...

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Virtual Geographies: Bodies, Space and Relations

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Overview

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 and offer a critical assessment of the status of virtual environments and geographies. Leading contributors set recent technological developments in both a historical and geographical perspective to offer a clearer view of the prospect ahead.

probably find the book of interest . . . if they are interested in technology, communication, or popular culture (The Annals of the AAG - 04/00)

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Explores the possibilities and dangers of the recent revolution in communication technologies. Outlining how these technologies are used to produce new virtual geographies and new types of space, the book's contributors attempt to demystify cyberspace and reveal how new communication technologies can open up new vistas. The anthology's 16 essayists<-->from geography, sociology, English, and philosophy<-->investigate such topics as the influence of literature and gender, and the rhetoric of online interaction. All essays are unified by several approaches to cyberspace: eschewal of simple technodeterminism, remembrance of already existing virtual geographies, and exploration of a variety of new virtual geographies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Embedding the virtual 21
2 Toward the light 'within': optical technologies, spatial metaphors and changing subjectivities 23
3 The telephone: its social shaping and public negotiation in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century London 44
4 Consumers or workers?: restructuring telecommunications in Aotearoa/New Zealand 63
5 Transnationalism, technoscience and difference: the analysis of material - semiotic practices 79
6 The convergence of virtual and actual in the Global Matrix: artificial life, geo-economics and psychogeography 92
Pt. II Cyberscapes 107
7 From city space to cyberspace 109
8 Geographies of surveillant simulation 131
9 Rural telematics: The Information Society and rural development 149
10 Internauts and guerrilleros: the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico and its extension into cyberspace 164
11 Gender and the landscapes of computing in an Internet cafe 178
Pt. III Thinking and writing the virtual 203
12 The virtual realities of technology and fiction: reading William Gibson's cyberspace 205
13 On boundfulness: the space of hypertext bodies 222
14 Unthinkable complexity? Cyberspace otherwise 244
15 Virtual worlds: simulation, suppletion, s(ed)uction and simulacra 261
References 284
Index 315
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