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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Book Review: Lines, Horizons, Fissures, Fixtures: Emotional Geographies

Emotional Geographies. Eds. Joyce Davidson, Liz Bondi and Mick Smith (2007). Hampshire, GB: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 258 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-4375-3
Reviewed by Cheryl Cowdy Crawford, York University
“Whether joyful, heartbreaking or numbing, emotion has the power to transform the shape of our lives, expanding or contracting our horizons, creating new fissures or fixtures we never expected to [...]

Geo-Mashups: Mapping US Statistics

Datamasher maps US state-level statistics from the US census and other sources.  An example is their map of fast-food restaurants versus obesity rates (above).  Sometimes these are revealing, sometimes not, and sometimes their statistical reliability may not be good due to sample sizes.  Makes a nice map, however.
Rhizalabs’ FluTracker also does a global mapping of [...]

Rural spaces and abundant lives

In The Gift of Good Land, Wendell Berry wrote: “Concerned as he is that the usable be put to use, that there be no waste, still there is nothing utilitarian or mechanistic about Mr. Lapp’s farm–or his mind. His aim it seems, is not that the place should be put to the fullest use, but [...]

Digital cities

[Bogotá City Blues by Coso Blues]
Wired UK reports on the digital city. Here are some utopian, critical and imaginary highlights:
Digital Cities: ‘Sense-able’ urban design
By Carlo Ratti
“By receiving real-time information, appropriately visualised and disseminated, citizens themselves can become distributed intelligent actuators, who pursue their individual interests in co-operation and competition with others, and thus become prime [...]

Book Review: Maria Lugones’ Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes – A Personal Journey of Resistance

Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions by Maria Lugones (2003). Oxford: Rowman & Little Field Publishers, Inc. 240 pp. ISBN-10: 0742514595
Reviewed by Laura Murphy, University of Alberta
Connecting theory with lived experience can be challenging – especially when writing in resistance to hegemony. However, by drawing upon her own embodied and marginalized struggles, Maria [...]