Touching Space, Placing Touch(Info)


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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT - New Edited Collection - Published October 2012


Eds. Mark Paterson (Pittsburgh), Martin Dodge (Manchester)

The twelve new essays in this volume provide a rich combination of theoretical resources,methodological approaches and empirical investigation. Each chapter takes a distinct aspect of touch within a particular spatial context. Through a mixture of sustained empirical
work, critical theories of embodiment, philosophical or psychoanalytic approaches to gendered touch and touching, or the tensions between visual and non-visual culture, the chapters collectively articulate something of the variety and variability of the practices and places of touching. This
volume therefore comprises the formative collection concerning the multiple senses of touch within social science scholarship at this time.


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Introduction: placing touch within social theory and empirical study.
By Mark Paterson, Martin Dodge and Sara MacKian

1. Negotiating therapeutic touch: encountering massage through the 'mixed bodies' of Michel Serres. By Jennifer Lea

2. Touching the beach. By Pau Obrador

3. Touching space in hurt and healing: exploring experiences of illness and recovery through tactile art. By Amanda Bingley

4. Facing touch in the beauty salon: corporeal anxiety. By Elizabeth R. Straughan

5. Fieldwork: how to get in(to) touch. Towards a haptic regime of knowledge in geography. By Anne Volvey

6. Guiding visually impaired walking groups: intercorporeal experience and ethical sensibilities. By Hannah Macpherson

7. Touch, skin cultures and the space of medicine: the birth of biosubjective care. By Bernard Andrieu, Anne-Flore Laloe and Alexandre Klein

8. Touching environmentalisms: the place of touch in the fraught biogeographies of elephant captivity. By Jamie Lorimer

9. Towards touch-free spaces: sensors, software and the automatic production of shared public toilets. By Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin

10. In close embrace: the space between two dancers. By Sarah G. Cant

11. Intra-body touching and the over-life sized paintings of Jenny Saville. By Rachel Colls

12. Touched by spirit: sensing the material impacts of intangible encounters. By Sara MacKian


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Given that touch and touching is so central to everyday embodied existence, why has it been largely ignored by social scientists for so long? What is the place of touch in our mixed spaces of sociality, work, domesticity, recreation, creativity or care? What conceptual resources and academic languages can we reach towards when approaching tactile activities and somatic experiences through the body? How is this tactile landscape gendered? How is touch becoming revisited and revalidated in late capitalism through animal encounters, tourism, massage, beauty treatments, professional medicine, everyday spiritualities or the aseptic touch-free spaces of automated toilets? How is touch placed and valued within scholarly fieldwork and research itself, integral as it is to the
production of embodied epistemologies? How is touch involved in such aesthetic experiences as shaping objects in sand, or encountering fleshly bodies within a painting? The goal of this edited collection, Touching Space, Placing Touch is twofold:

* To further advance theoretical and empirical understanding of touch in social science scholarship by focussing on the differential social and cultural meanings of touching and the places of touch,

* To develop multi-faceted and interdisciplinary explanations of touch in terms of individual and social life, personal experiences and tasks, and their related cultural contexts

Imprint: Ashgate
Illustrations: Includes 23 b&w illustrations
Published: October 2012
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 288 pages
Binding: Hardback
ISBN: 978-1-4094-0214-5
ISBN Short: 9781409402145

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