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 4: The Socialness of Space
The Socialness of Space
Time, and Space, are ‘forms of social coordination of the experiences of different people’ said Bogdanov (1904–1906). Non-Euclidean mathematical spaces in physics and cosmology set the stage for a re-appreciation of the socialness of space. The Einsteinian shift in physics envisioned an infinite number of spaces in motion with respect to each other. This opened up a relativist plurality of spaces and helped legitimate the possibility that the history of the earth and its discoveries might be construed differently in different sociocultural spaces. As the previous chapter showed, it was not long before Bogdanov's hypothesis that spatiality and temporality were not universals but somehow grounded in human physiology was followed by more suggestions for physiologically-specific and culturally-specific spatialisations.