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Working with Gieryn's Concepts of Place and Space

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Introduces Gieryn's concepts of Place and Space. Applies these to court spaces and practitioner office spaces. Problematises Gieryn's concept of Cyberspace, with reference to Quantum Superposition.

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Working with Gieryn's Concepts of Place and Space

  1. 1. http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/346666-schrodingers-cat Place Space Working with Gieryn’s Concepts of Place and Space Kristoffer Greaves Deakin University 18 February 2015
  2. 2. Place geographic location, material form, invested with meaning and value [meaningfulness] Space abstract geometry – meaningfulness sucked out – detached from material form and cultural interpretation Gieryn, TF 2000, 'A space for place in sociology', Annual Review of Sociology, pp. 463-96.
  3. 3. Gieryn (2000, pp. 466-7) “Place is, at once, the buildings, streets, monuments, and open spaces assembled at a certain geographic spot and actors’ interpretations, representations, and identifications. Both domains (the material and the interpretative, the physical and the semiotic) work autonomously and in a mutually dependent way” (citing Bourdieu 1990).
  4. 4. Drawn from Gieryn (2000) by K Greaves
  5. 5. Victorian Supreme Court – Ned Kelly Trial - 1880
  6. 6. 2014 Banco Court built 1884 Re-opened 2007
  7. 7. Practitioner Mentors
  8. 8. Cyberspace? “Neither is place to be found in cyberspace: virtual it is not, at least for purposes of this review. Websites on the internet are not places in the same way that the room, building, campus, and city that house and locate a certain server is a place… Still, it is fascinating to watch geography and architecture become the means through which cyberspace is reckoned by designers and users…” Gieryn (2000, p. 465, italics added, footnotes removed) Not sure I agree with first 2 paragraphs.
  9. 9. http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/346666-schrodingers-cat Place Space Quantum Superposition a quantum system remains in superposition until interacted with or observed by the external world, at which time the superposition collapses into one or another of the possible definite states

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