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Book Review: Action and Agency in Dialogue: Passion, Incarnation and Ventriloquism

Cooren, François. Action and Agency in Dialogue: Passion, Incarnation and Ventriloquism. 2010. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 206 pp. ISBN 978-90-272-1023-4. Reviewed by Patrick McLane, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta (CA) François Cooren’s masterfully synthetic Action and Agency in Dialogue brings Bruno Latour’s actor-network-theory together with Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction to generate a unique perspective […]

What we’re reading: TAKE Space (Issue 4.2)

A Kahnawake ironworker atop a column in New York City in the 1960s [photo credit: KANIEN’KEHAKA ONKWAWENNA RAOTITIOHKWA CULTURAL CENTER] TAKE‘s Space issue (May 2010) considers the spatialities of digital and lived environments. Videoconferencing collapses geography and shifts social spaces from offices to screens, making one more aware than ever before of the different layers […]

Book Review: Strange Spaces: Explorations into Mediated Obscurity

André Jansson and Amanda Lagerkvist (eds.) 2009. Strange Spaces: Explorations into Mediated Obscurity. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. 356 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7461-0. Reviewed by Peter Lugosi, School of Services Management, Bournemouth University (UK) Jansson and Lagerkvist’s edited collection explores the processes through which spaces become uncertain, opaque…strange.  At times these uncertainties emerge as negativities – fear, loss, […]

Book Review: Essays on Boredom and Modernity

Barbara Dalle Pezze and Carlo Salzani (eds.) 2009. Essays on Boredom and Modernity. Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodolpi. 227 pp. ISBN 978-90-420-2566-0. Reviewed by Julian Jason Haladyn, University of Western Ontario (Canada) Part of the Critical Studies series at Rodolpi, Essays on Boredom and Modernity examines “the phenomenon of boredom from a multidisciplinary perspective,” as Barbara […]

Cities – First Impressions of the street

Ramond Depardon’s photography, known for his depictions of street life, includes a new and compelling exhibition of photos of first impressions of the world’s most populous cities. Nicely presented in the Guardian.