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(Putting) mobile technologies in their place: a geographical perspective

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter critically engages with the proposition that mobile technologies

    challenge place as a "proper, stable and distinct location," drawing on

    the rich history of theorizing place in geography. Our engagement with this

    proposition draws critical attention to the assumption that place was ever

    "dominantly" understood as stable or distinct. Indeed, geographers have

    argued for decades that conceptions of place must move beyond ontologies

    of strongly bounded geographical scales. While the assumption of "place"

    as a neatly bounded category might linger in some cultural history and cultural

    studies research (especially that having recently "discovered" the spatial),

    as Kevin Dunn argues, "cultural geography's engagement is both older

    and deeper"-producing enduring disciplinary legacies and anxieties, as

    well as key insights. Among the legacies is a suspicion of super-organic

    conceptions of place that assume inert conceptions of landscape-place as

    "blank sheets onto which culture was written." Much of this kind of thinking,

    we admit, does infuse contemporary accounts of the transformational

    effects of technological advancement on experiences of place-place as

    unmoving, a rudimentary container until it is transformed through exciting

    socio-technological change, or what Goggin calls "the technological sublime."

    As cultural geographers we are uncomfortable with this, retaining

    "an anxiety' not to replicate the problems of environmental determinism, or

    to reduce space to a container' in the manner that characterized cultural

    geography in the 1920s through to the 1940s.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gibson, C., Luckman, S. & Brennan-Horley, C. R. (2012). (Putting) mobile technologies in their place: a geographical perspective. In R. Wilken & G. Goggin (Eds.), Mobile Technology and Place (pp. 123-139). New York: Routledge.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84920616781

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4399

Book Title


  • Mobile Technology and Place

Start Page


  • 123

End Page


  • 139

Abstract


  • This chapter critically engages with the proposition that mobile technologies

    challenge place as a "proper, stable and distinct location," drawing on

    the rich history of theorizing place in geography. Our engagement with this

    proposition draws critical attention to the assumption that place was ever

    "dominantly" understood as stable or distinct. Indeed, geographers have

    argued for decades that conceptions of place must move beyond ontologies

    of strongly bounded geographical scales. While the assumption of "place"

    as a neatly bounded category might linger in some cultural history and cultural

    studies research (especially that having recently "discovered" the spatial),

    as Kevin Dunn argues, "cultural geography's engagement is both older

    and deeper"-producing enduring disciplinary legacies and anxieties, as

    well as key insights. Among the legacies is a suspicion of super-organic

    conceptions of place that assume inert conceptions of landscape-place as

    "blank sheets onto which culture was written." Much of this kind of thinking,

    we admit, does infuse contemporary accounts of the transformational

    effects of technological advancement on experiences of place-place as

    unmoving, a rudimentary container until it is transformed through exciting

    socio-technological change, or what Goggin calls "the technological sublime."

    As cultural geographers we are uncomfortable with this, retaining

    "an anxiety' not to replicate the problems of environmental determinism, or

    to reduce space to a container' in the manner that characterized cultural

    geography in the 1920s through to the 1940s.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gibson, C., Luckman, S. & Brennan-Horley, C. R. (2012). (Putting) mobile technologies in their place: a geographical perspective. In R. Wilken & G. Goggin (Eds.), Mobile Technology and Place (pp. 123-139). New York: Routledge.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84920616781

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4399

Book Title


  • Mobile Technology and Place

Start Page


  • 123

End Page


  • 139