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.
This chapter1 turns to the broader possibilities for an integrated approach to spatialisation and temporalisation by first considering the history of topology as developed in mathematics and in quantum mechanics as a mathematical language of space-time. This takes us from successive spatialisations in geographical space and from geometry to non-Euclidean topological spaces that speak to attempts to diagram power and to depict the multiple dimensions by which the local and social spaces are defined and understood. Supported by the Glossary at the end of this book that covers the italicized terms in this and other chapters, we will look at how topology has been developed. The next chapter will consider how this has been more generally received and applied, and will explore the critical ...