In what way is the world really flat? Debates over geographies of the moment

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dc.contributor.author Dodgshon, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-15T15:50:34Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-15T15:50:34Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Dodgshon , R 2008 , ' In what way is the world really flat? Debates over geographies of the moment ' Environment and Planning D: Society and Space , vol 26 , no. 2 , pp. 300-314 . , 10.1068/d456t en
dc.identifier.issn 0263-7758
dc.identifier.other PURE: 95926
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1653
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1653
dc.identifier.uri http://www.envplan.com/epd/fulltext/dforth/d456t.pdf en
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ies.aber.ac.uk/publications/in-what-way-world-really-flat-debates-over-geographies-moment en
dc.description Dodgshon, Robert, (2008) 'In what way is the world really flat? Debates over geographies of the moment', Environment and Planning: D Society and Space, pp. 300-314 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract This paper highlights the role played by the specious present or moment, what some call the present of the now, in geographical discussions of social change. Its most explicit treatment as a temporal framing for such change has been in performative approaches, with their stress on the capacity of immersive body practices to produce difference through the ongoing repetition of such practices, a difference that plays on what is habitually or instinctively accessed through each specious present. However, we can also find debates focused on large-scale social practices that have combined various forms of structural or institutional contingency (ie customary practices, past investment cycles, etc) with becoming and which see becoming as rooted in the everyday reiteration of such practices, an interpretation that also privileges the moment as the point when becoming is actualised. Brought together, these different approaches provide the basis for a more broadly based interpretation of change focused on the specious present. This paper explores the case for this broader interpretation. It is divided into four sections. The first reviews those philosophical discussions of the specious present that have attracted most attention from human geographers. The second reviews the ways in which the geographical debate has used the specious present as a framing for change. The third examines how these different geographical treatments fill or extend the specious present, whilst the fourth and final section considers the implications of such thinking for how we interpret change. en
dc.format.extent 15 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Environment and Planning D: Society and Space en
dc.title In what way is the world really flat? Debates over geographies of the moment en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d456t
dc.contributor.institution Aberystwyth University en
dc.contributor.institution Cultural and Historical Geography en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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