People in Space: Policy Perspectives for a "Star Wars" Century

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James Everett Katz
Transaction Publishers - Political Science - 222 pages

U.S. military strategy, particularly the "Star Wars" scenarios, has generated renewed interest in outer space. The implications for the security of nations on Earth and other emerging space policy problems are examined in this volume. People in Space is organized into three sections following an overview by Katz: military activities in space, civilian activities in space, and space as a sociological phenomenon.

The authors treat the human uses of outer space as endeavors wherein ordinary policy and sociological processes take place. They offer perspectives on how space policy ought to be and is being formed. Space policy is a new, often emotionally charged field, laden with conflicting ideas, values, and worldviews.

 

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Contents

American Space Policy at the Crossroads
9
Military Activities in Space
33
Space and the Preservation of Freedom
35
Space Militarization A Costly Mistake
40
Space Militarization and the Maintenance of Deterrence
44
Space Militarization and International Law
55
Civilian Activities in Space
65
The Space Station Mankinds Permanent Presence in Space
67
The Controversy over Remote Sensing
129
The Moon Treaty Reflections on the Proposed Moon Treaty Space Law and the Future
140
The Sociology of Outer Space
151
Beyond Bureaucratic Policy The Space Flight Movement
153
The Social Forces behind Technological Change and Space Policymaking
164
Extraterrestrial Intelligence The Social Impact of an Idea
178
The Social Psychology of Space Travel
194
Must There Be Space Colonies? A Jurisprudential Drift to Historicism
207

US International Space Activities
82
The Proliferation of Communications Satellites Gold Rush in the Clarke Orbit
98
Underdevelopment via Satellite The Interests of the German Space Industry in Developing Countries and Their Consequences
110
About the Contributors
220
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