About the chapter Spatial concepts

Feb 9th, 2009 | By | Category: Spatial concepts

Besides questions of gender, discourse, text, and image, the question of space is ubiquitous and variously engaged in the contemporary praxis of cultural and social sciences. The study of spatial concepts includes a wide array of perspectives, ranging from the sociological, social and cultural traditions of investigation of the ‘classical’ fields to urbanistic issues and investigations into newly emerged virtual worlds. Some of these adopted ‘constructivist’ critical framework, long before the rise of constructivism as a specific methodology to investigate cultures and their societies. When not being used figuratively, space is of course three-dimensional and can be analyzed accordingly with respect to geographical, socio-cultural, socio-political, or socio-economic realms. This is the predominant perspective of how to consider the phenomenon of space, of being spatial as a human precondition. ‘Social space’ on the other hand, shall be looked at in terms of its relations to an occidental core idea, the human community. This embodies a space of its own, yet simultaneously, is located in other spaces. In this respect, virtual space also needs to be examined as new kind of space as such, and generator of new communities. A key is the phenomenon of perception: how do we conceive today’s spaces? What spaces have been lost, and what are new emerging ones? In these ways, “spatial concepts” includes all attempts devoted to the analysis of socio-communicative processes leading to the construction and emergence of technical and technique-dependent spaces.

KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe | Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts | ISSN 1868-6648