Theory, Culture & Society 29(4-5): Topologies of Culture (2012)

4 February 2013, dusan

“In social and cultural theory, topology has been used to articulate changes in structures and spaces of power. In this introduction, we argue that culture itself is becoming topological. In particular, this ‘becoming topological’ can be identified in the significance of a new order of spatio-temporal continuity for forms of economic, political and cultural life today. This ordering emerges, sometimes without explicit coordination, in practices of sorting, naming, numbering, comparing, listing, and calculating. We show that the effect of these practices is both to introduce new continuities into a discontinuous world by establishing equivalences or similitudes, and to make and mark discontinuities through repeated contrasts. In this multiplication of relations, topological change is established as being constant, normal and immanent, rather than being an exceptional form, which is externally produced; that is, forms of economic, political and cultural life are identified and made legible in terms of their capacities for continuous change. Outlining the contributions to this Special Issue, the introduction discusses the meaning of topological culture and provides an analytic framework through which to understand its implications.” (from the Abstract)

With contributions by Celia Lury, Luciana Parisi, and Tiziana Terranova, Peter Sloterdijk, Rob Shields, Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, Penelope Harvey, Mike Michael and Marsha Rosengarten, Evelyn Ruppert, Steven D. Brown, Luciana Parisi, Richard Rogers, Xin Wei Sha, Brian Rotman, Scott Lash, Noortje Marres, Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey, Julian Henriques.

Publisher Sage
ISSN 0263-2764
342 pages


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One Response to “Theory, Culture & Society 29(4-5): Topologies of Culture (2012)”

  1. pitsch on February 5, 2013 11:38 am

    Introduction: The Becoming Topological of Culture
    Celia Lury, Luciana Parisi, and Tiziana Terranova

    Nearness and Da-sein: The Spatiality of Being and Time
    Peter Sloterdijk

    Cultural Topology: The Seven Bridges of Königsburg, 1736
    Rob Shields

    Between Inclusion and Exclusion: On the Topology of Global Space and Borders
    Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson

    The Topological Quality of Infrastructural Relation: An Ethnographic Approach
    Penelope Harvey

    HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions
    Mike Michael and Marsha Rosengarten

    The Governmental Topologies of Database Devices
    Evelyn Ruppert

    Memory and Mathesis: For a Topological Approach to Psychology
    Steven D. Brown

    Digital Design and Topological Control
    Luciana Parisi

    Mapping and the Politics of Web Space
    Richard Rogers

    Topology and Morphogenesis
    Xin Wei Sha

    Topology, Algebra, Diagrams
    Brian Rotman

    Deforming the Figure: Topology and the Social Imaginary
    Scott Lash

    On Some Uses and Abuses of Topology in the Social Analysis of
    Technology (Or the Problem with Smart Meters)
    Noortje Marres

    Digital Infrastructures and the Machinery of Topological Abstraction
    Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey

    Notes and Commentary
    Hearing Things and Dancing Numbers: Embodying Transformation, Topology
    at Tate Modern
    Julian Henriques

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