Towards geographies of cyberspace

Kitchin, Rob (1998) Towards geographies of cyberspace. Progress in Human Geography, 22 (3). pp. 385-406. ISSN 0309-1325

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This article uses two cyberspatial technologies, namely, the Internet (the global network of connected computers), and its close cousins, intranets (closed, private corporate telematic networks), to illustrate the ways in which geographers have engaged, and could engage, with studies of cyberspace. Virtual reality technologies are not discussed explicitly as, in the main, they are still at an exploratory and experimental stage. The article has three central aims: first, to introduce cyberspace and its implications to a wider geographical audience; secondly, to provide a critical review of current empirical and theoretical work relating to cyberspatial technologies by geographers; and, thirdly, to introduce geographers to the current debates and empirical research of scholars from other disciplines and suggest how geographers can build upon and advance these studies. An agenda for future research is outlined and an approach in which to ground future studies is forwarded. It is argued that spatiality is central to understanding cyberspace.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final and definitive version of this article is available at Progress in Human Geography Vol.22 No.3 (1998) pp.385-406. doi:10.1191/030913298668331585
Keywords: space-time; urban-regional restructuring; culture; society; politics;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 3919
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 11:25
Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Human Geography
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes

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