Space inevitably plays an important role in our social lives. When talking to our neighbors, reading the newspaper, going the gym, answering an e-mail, we all draw on our presuppositions and understanding of spatiality and temporality.
This book successfully illuminates these embedded experiences, questioning how to understand space as a multiple, dynamic, intangible, yet present, form of knowledge. Building from a history of philosopher's and geographer's theories of space, Rob Shields convincingly presents the importance of spatialization and cultural topology in social theory and the possibilities that lies within these theoretical tools.
Innovative and thought-provoking, this book goes beyond traditional ideas of time and space, seeking to understand the multiplicity of spatializations and relate them to our everyday life.
Chapter 2: Spatialisations
Space as Problem: Etymology/Translation
The Oxford Dictionary presents more than 17 definitions for ‘space’, which is (like the French espace and the Italian spazio) etymologically descended from the Latin spatium but whose English-language meaning is often more closely related to the Latin extensio. Hindu philosophy defines Akasa (akasha – space/ether; Sanskrit, from kas, ‘to shine’) as an infinite, indivisible but imperceptible substance that has as its sole nature to be a static principle of extension (in contrast to movement, prana), or an eternal matrix or context of accommodation (kham-akasa see Khândogya-Upanishad I. 9, 1). Italian and French writers such as Lefebvre (1981a), Castells, Bachelard (1961) and Zevi have felt at ease with using the full range of meanings of ‘spazio’ and ‘l'espace’. In the Dictionnaire ...