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Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life (Software Studies)

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After little more than half a century since its initial development, computer code is extensively and intimately woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. From the digital alarm clock that wakes us to the air traffic control system that guides our plane in for a landing, software is shaping our world: it creates new ways of undertaking tasks, speeds up and automates existing practices, transforms social and economic relations, and offers new forms of cultural activity, personal empowerment, and modes of play. In Code/Space, Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge examine software from a spatial perspective, analyzing the dyadic relationship of software and space. The production of space, they argue, is increasingly dependent on code, and code is written to produce space. Examples of code/space include airport check-in areas, networked offices, and cafés that are transformed into workspaces by laptops and wireless access. Kitchin and Dodge argue that software, through its ability to do work in the world, transduces space. Then Kitchiun and Dodge develop a set of conceptual tools for identifying and understanding the interrelationship of software, space, and everyday life, and illustrate their arguments with rich empirical material. And, finally, they issue a manifesto, calling for critical scholarship into the production and workings of code rather than simply the technologies it enables--a new kind of social science focused on explaining the social, economic, and spatial contours of software.

About the Author

Rob Kitchin is Professor of Human Geography and Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Maynooth, Ireland.Martin Dodge is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester's School of Environment and Development.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262525916
Author:
Kitchin, Rob
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author:
Dodge, Martin
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Software Studies Code/Space
Publication Date:
20140110
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
69 figures, 7 tables
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.5 in

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Social Aspects » General
Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Social Aspects » Human and Computer Interaction
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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