Abstracted space: The world, the net, and the contemporary university

Usher, R 2003, 'Abstracted space: The world, the net, and the contemporary university' in Richard Edwards, Robin Usher (ed.) Space, Curriculum, and Learning, Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, USA, pp. 201-220.


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Title Abstracted space: The world, the net, and the contemporary university
Author(s) Usher, R
Year 2003
Title of book Space, Curriculum, and Learning
Publisher Information Age Publishing
Place of publication Greenwich, USA
Editor(s) Richard Edwards, Robin Usher
Start page 201
End page 220
Subjects Globalisation and Culture
Summary The title of this chapter suggests that what follows could verge on the inflated and perhaps even the pretentious. There is an implication that everything willl be definitgely explained. However, another reading is possible, an ironical one where the title is deliberately presented to provoke, since definitive explanations are problematic and dangerous. Thus in this chapter I am not attempting to prove anything, either conceptually or empirically. What I try to do is put forward an argument, which could turn out to be interesitng and provocative. It is however not a totalizing argument, perhaps not even an entirely consistent one and it is certainly a partial one. Unlike the implication of the title, I am struck by the fact that since the contemporary moment is ephemeral and highly accelerated, no one can really know what any social reality will look like tomorrow let alone in the future beyond (http://pscw.unva.n1/SOCIOSITE/websoc/introE.html).
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ISBN 1593110928
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