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Handbook on Geographies of Technology

Edited by Barney Warf, Department of Geography, University of Kansas, US
This Handbook offers an insightful and comprehensive overview from a geographic perspective of the numerous and varied technologies that are shaping the contemporary world. It shows how geography and technology are intimately linked by examining the origins, growth, and impacts of 27 different technologies and highlighting how they influence the structure and spatiality of society.
Extent: 512 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 115 9
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This Handbook offers an insightful and comprehensive overview from a geographic perspective of the numerous and varied technologies that are shaping the contemporary world. It shows how geography and technology are intimately linked by examining the origins, growth, and impacts of 27 different technologies and highlighting how they influence the structure and spatiality of society.

Following summaries of important conceptual issues such as diffusion, gender and science studies, the book explores various technologies, which are grouped into six main categories:

• Computational: code, location-based services and virtual reality
• Communications: fiber optics, satellites, the internet, radio, cell phones and television
• Transportation: automobiles, aviation, drones, railroads, and shipping and ports
• Energy: biofuels, dams, fracking, geothermal energy, pipelines, solar energy and LEED buildings
• Manufacturing: robotics, just-in-time systems and nanotechnology
• Life sciences: new technologies of health care, biotechnology and biometrics.

Significantly, the book includes in-depth explorations of new technologies that have so far received very little attention from geographers.

This much-needed Handbook offers a comprehensive and state-of-the-art summary of the geographies of major technologies and how they affect society, economies, geographies and everyday life. It will appeal to academics and advanced students interested in geography, planning and the social sciences in general.
'An innovative and most valuable tour de force about geography/technology intersections in economic, social and political contexts. The thirty one chapters discuss the histories of specific technologies, 20th century advances and most recent innovations, the leading producers and consumers and current technology/social policy issues. The technologies addressed by author teams (mostly geographers) include railroads, air transport, automobiles, ports, radio, television, satellites, pipelines, geothermal sites, dams and more recent advances: the internet, drones, fiber optics, mobile phones, fracking, solar energy, nanotechnology, biometrics, location based services, code-spaces, virtual realities, LEED buildings, gender/technology interfaces, just-in-time technologies and health care advances. An excellent source of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and international literatures. Many chapters include maps and graphics. Useful for disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses and seminars and also workshops in universities, government and the private sector where cutting-edge advances are explored. This reference source will be cited and used by junior and senior scholars for the coming decades.'
– Stanley D. Brunn, University of Kentucky, US
Contributors: R. Baghel, M. Batty, R.E. Baxter, T. Birtchnell, M.J. Blair, L. Cabral, K.E. Calvert, M. Chen, J. Cidell, J.C. Comer, D. Comfort, S.W. Cunningham, M. Dodge, A.R. Goetz, A. Golub, A. Grech, D. Hillier, A. Holl, J.P. Howell, A. Johnson, P. Jones, A. Kellerman, L. Kurdgelashvili, L. Li, H. Lin, R. Lobato, B.P.Y. Loo, A. López Peláez, E. Louie, S. Maalsen, W.E. Mabee, J.D. Makholm, J. McLean, M. Nüsser, G. Popescu, R. Rama, P.L. Robertson, J.-P. Rodrigue, M.W. Rosenberg, B. Solomon, J.D. Stephen, D. Sui, G. Timilsina, N. Waldbrook, B. Warf, T.A. Wikle, C. Wilkinson

























Contents:

1. Introduction
Barney Warf

PART I: CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
2. Technological Diffusion in Local, Regional, National and Transnational Settings
Paul L. Robertson

3. Beyond the Binaries: Geographies of Gender-Technology Relations
Jessica McLean, Sophia Maalsen and Alana Grech

4. Space for STS: An Overview of Science and Technology Studies
Jordan P. Howell

PART II: COMPUTATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES
5. Code/Space and the Challenge of Software Algorithms
Martin Dodge

6. Understanding Locational-based Services: Core Technologies, Key Applications, and Major Concerns
Daniel Sui

7. Virtual Realities, Analogies and Technologies in Geography
Michael Batty, Hui Lin and Min Chen

PART III: COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES
8. Fiber Optics: Nervous System of the Global Economy
Barney Warf

9. The Internet as Geographic Technology
Aharon Kellerman

10. Tuning in to the Geographies of Radio
Catherine Wilkinson

11. Eyes in the Sky: Satellites and Geography
Barney Warf

12. The Geography of Mobile Telephony
Jonathan C. Comer and Thomas A. Wikle

13. Streaming Services and the Changing Global Geography of Television
Ramon Lobato

PART IV: TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES
14. Automobility in Space and Time
Aaron Golub and Aaron Johnson

15. Air Transport: Speed, Global Connectivity and Time-Space Convergence
Andrew R. Goetz

16. Drones in Human Geography
Thomas Birtchnell

17. Geography of Railroads
Linna Li and Becky P.Y. Loo

18. Ports and Maritime Technology
Jean-Paul Rodrigue

PART V: ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
19. Assessing the Spatial, Economic, and Environmental Implications of Biorefining Technologies: Insights from North America
Kirby E. Calvert, Jamie D. Stephen, M.J. Blair, Laura Cabral, Ryan E. Baxter and Warren E. Mabee

20. The Emergence of Technological Hydroscapes in the Anthropocene: Socio-hydrology and Development Paradigms of Large Dams
Marcus Nüsser and Ravi Baghel

21. Fracking for Shale in the UK: Risks, Reputation and Regulation
Peter Jones, Daphne Comfort, and David Hillier

22. Geography of Geothermal Energy Technologies
Edward Louie and Barry Solomon

23. LEED Buildings
Julie Cidell

24. The Interaction of Pipelines and Geography in Support of Fuel Markets
Jeff D. Makholm

25. The Evolution of Solar Energy Technologies and Supporting Policies
Govinda Timilsina and Lado Kurdgelashvili

PART VI: MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES
26. Just-in-Time and Space
Ruth Rama and Adelheid Holl

27. Robotics
Antonio López Peláez

28. The Geography of Nanotechnology
Scott W. Cunningham

PART VII: LIFE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES
29. Biotechnology: Commodifying Life
Barney Warf

30. Creating New Geographies of Health and Health Care through Technology
Mark W. Rosenberg and Natalie Waldbrook

31. Biometric Technologies and the Automation of Identity and Space
Gabriel Popescu

Index