Virtual Geographies: Bodies, Space and Relations

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Mike Crang, Phil Crang, Jon May
Psychology Press, 1999 - Computers - 322 pages
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Exploring the possibilities and dangers brought by the revolution in communication technologies, this text outlines how these technologies are being used to produce new geographies and new types of space. The contributors reveal that new communication technologies open up whole new vistas. Leading contributors drawn from a wide range of disciplines including geography, sociology, English and philosophy investigate how particular visions of cyberspace have been constructed and articulated through the influence of literature and gender, and how the experience of online interaction is expressed. A scepticism emerges of the consequences of cyberspace. This leads to a critical assessment of the status of virtual environments and geographies, how they interact with more everyday spaces and how they may reshape how we think and write about the world. The book sets developments in a more developed historical and geographical context, enabling an assessment of the possibilities such developments hold for the creation of new spaces of interaction.
 

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Contents

Inttoduction
1
optical technologies
23
its social shaping and public negotiation
44
testtuctuting telecommunications
63
The convetgence of vittual and actual in the Global
92
Ftom city space to cybetspace
109
Geogtaphies of sutveillan t simulation
131
The Infotmation Society and tutal
149
Gendet and the landscapes of computing in
178
teading
205
the space of hypettext bodies
222
Unthinkable complexity? Cybetspace othetwise
244
simulation suppletion seduction
261
Referentes
284
Index
315
Copyright

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Crang is of Durham University.

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