Research on Place and Space

‘This set of resources draws together work from a variety of disciplines on the concept(s) of place and space. The term “place” does not necessarily have the same implications or meanings in the different disciplines. Furthermore, other terms are sometimes used in place of place, such as home, dwelling, milieu, territory, and of course, space. None of these, though, are necessarily equivalent to the notion of place.

The purpose of this set of resources is to try to cross-pollinate the notion of place across disciplines. Philosophy, for example, …has much to learn from the way that other disciplines conceive of place, even as those disciplines have drawn on the resources of philosophy in order to reflect on place. There is no real attempt at a definition here, except perhaps by extension.’


Britain urges US to delay war until autumn

Britain urges US to delay war until autumn, since, as is the common knowledge, there is no “smoking gun.” Telegraph UK And: Bush steps back from early strike on Iraq:

After weeks of expectation that the publication of the UN weapons inspectors’ report on 27 January would effectively trigger a confrontation, officials now admit this is unlikely. They say that President Bush now accepts that the inspectors require further time and that this should be granted. Independent UK


A Tack in the Shoe:

Neutralizing and Resisting the New Surveillance — “Eleven behavioral techniques of neutralization intended to subvert the collection of personal information are discussed: discovery moves, avoidance moves, piggy backing moves, switching moves, distorting moves, blocking moves, masking moves, breaking moves, refusal moves, cooperative moves and counter-surveillance moves. In Western liberal democracies the advantages of technological and other strategic surveillance developments are often short-lived and contain ironic vulnerabilities. The logistical and economic limits on total monitoring, the interpretive and contextual nature of many human situations, system complexity and interconnectedness, and the vulnerability of those engaged in surveillance to be compromised, provide ample room for resistance. Neutralization is a dynamic adversarial social dance involving strategic moves and counter-moves and should be studied as a conflict interaction process.” — Gary T. Marx, professor emeritus at MIT, Journal fo Social Issues