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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.

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