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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, "1 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.2 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���3-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 eff ects 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.���4 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���5 in the manner that characterized cultural geography in the 1920s through to the 1940s.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Edition


Citation


  • Gibson, C., Luckman, S., & Brennan-Horley, C. (2013). (Putting) Mobile Technologies in Their Place: A Geographical Perspective. In Mobile Technology and Place (pp. 123-139). doi:10.4324/9780203127551-16

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415889551

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85123158805

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Mobile Technology and Place

Start Page


  • 123

End Page


  • 139

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • This chapter critically engages with the proposition that mobile technologies challenge place as a ���proper, stable and distinct location, "1 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.2 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���3-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 eff ects 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.���4 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���5 in the manner that characterized cultural geography in the 1920s through to the 1940s.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Edition


Citation


  • Gibson, C., Luckman, S., & Brennan-Horley, C. (2013). (Putting) Mobile Technologies in Their Place: A Geographical Perspective. In Mobile Technology and Place (pp. 123-139). doi:10.4324/9780203127551-16

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415889551

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85123158805

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Mobile Technology and Place

Start Page


  • 123

End Page


  • 139

Place Of Publication