Topological London

Erickson, K. (2015) Topological London. In: Franklin, I., Chignell, H. and Skoog, K. (eds.) Regional Aesthetics: Mapping UK Media Cultures. Palgrave: Houndmills. ISBN 9781137532824

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This chapter considers the topological ordering of urban space enabled by mobile computing devices, using London as a field site and example. Building on theory developed by Scott Lash, Rob Shields and others, I first distinguish between virtual and topological figurations of the city. I then consider the various implications of topological spatiality for urban politics, before moving on to an attempt to empirically develop a typology of mobile applications centred on London, each offering different opportunities for urban encounter and representation. The central argument advanced in this chapter is that mobile-enabled topologies are important and increasingly routine social imaginaries with the potential to radically disrupt other kinds of socio-spatial order.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:London, mobile applications, networking, urban geography, topology, spatiality, virtual reality, hypermodernity, Badiou, situationism
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Erickson, Dr Kristofer
Authors: Erickson, K.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Palgrave
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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