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 6: Cultural Topology
Despite the increasing number of texts that allude to a topographical character of their method, their theories or the entities they construct (power, the self and so on), they are not forthcoming on topology itself. Few introductions to topology exist outside of mathematical texts. Those in social sciences tend to take topology as a metaphor (see the critique of Inkpen et al., 2007) without mathematical roots – while describing it as a method). This has the effect of blurring not only the meaning of the term but also the work of disciplines and authors to whom it is applied. This trend can be observed in major interdisciplinary journals such as Theory, Culture & Society. For example, despite the topological aspects of his ...