Making Sense of Space

Making Sense of Space
Author: Iryna Kuksa,Mark Childs
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2014-06-16
ISBN 10: 1780634064
ISBN 13: 9781780634067
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of Space Book Review:

The use of Virtual Worlds (VWs) has increased in the last decade. VWs are used for communication, education, community building, creative arts, and more. A good deal of research has been conducted into learning and VWs, but other areas remain ripe for investigation. Factors from technological platforms to the nature and conventions of the communities that use VWs must be considered, in order to achieve the best possible interaction between virtual spaces and their users. Making Sense of Space focuses on the background to these issues, describing a range of case studies conducted by the authors. The book investigates the innovative and creative ways designers employ VWs for research, performance-making, and audience engagement. Secondly, it looks into how educators use these spaces to support their teaching practice. Lastly, the book examines the potential of VWs as new methods of communication, and the ways they are changing our perception of reality. This book is structured into four chapters. An introduction provides a history and outline of important themes for VWs, and subsequent chapters consider the design of virtual spaces, experience of virtual spaces, and communication in virtual spaces. Written by two experienced academics and practitioners in the field, offering different perspectives Uses a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on: education; scenography; performance studies; disaster management; and computer science Provides multiple viewpoints on the topic, gained through interviews and contributions from a range of experts, as well as several co-authored chapters

Making Sense of Space

Making Sense of Space
Author: Iryna Kuksa,Mark Childs
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2014-06-16
ISBN 10: 1780634064
ISBN 13: 9781780634067
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of Space Book Review:

The use of Virtual Worlds (VWs) has increased in the last decade. VWs are used for communication, education, community building, creative arts, and more. A good deal of research has been conducted into learning and VWs, but other areas remain ripe for investigation. Factors from technological platforms to the nature and conventions of the communities that use VWs must be considered, in order to achieve the best possible interaction between virtual spaces and their users. Making Sense of Space focuses on the background to these issues, describing a range of case studies conducted by the authors. The book investigates the innovative and creative ways designers employ VWs for research, performance-making, and audience engagement. Secondly, it looks into how educators use these spaces to support their teaching practice. Lastly, the book examines the potential of VWs as new methods of communication, and the ways they are changing our perception of reality. This book is structured into four chapters. An introduction provides a history and outline of important themes for VWs, and subsequent chapters consider the design of virtual spaces, experience of virtual spaces, and communication in virtual spaces. Written by two experienced academics and practitioners in the field, offering different perspectives Uses a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on: education; scenography; performance studies; disaster management; and computer science Provides multiple viewpoints on the topic, gained through interviews and contributions from a range of experts, as well as several co-authored chapters

Making Sense of the Intercultural

Making Sense of the Intercultural
Author: Adrian Holliday,Sara Amadasi
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2019-11-28
ISBN 10: 1351059173
ISBN 13: 9781351059176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of the Intercultural Book Review:

In this book we wish to find a new way of talking about, connecting and operationalising the third space, narratives, positioning, and interculturality. Our purpose is to shake established views in what we consider to be an urgent quest for dealing with prejudice. We therefore seek to draw attention to the following: How Centre structures and large culture boundaries are sources of prejudice How deCentred intercultural threads address prejudice by dissolving these boundaries How, in everyday small culture formation on the go, the cultural and the intercultural are observable and become indistinguishable How agency, personal and grand narratives, discourses, and positioning become visible in unexpected ways How we researchers also bring competing narratives in making sense of the intercultural How third spaces are discordant and uncomfortable places in which all of us must struggle to achieve interculturality This book is therefore a journey of discovery with each chapter building on the previous ones. While throughout there are particular empirical events (interviews, reconstructed ethnographic accounts and research diary entries) with their own detailed analyses and insights, they connect back to discussion in previous chapters.

Making Space

Making Space
Author: Jennifer M. Groh
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2014-11-05
ISBN 10: 0674863216
ISBN 13: 9780674863217
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Space Book Review:

Knowing where things are seems effortless. Yet our brains devote tremendous power to figuring out simple details about spatial relationships. Jennifer Groh traces this mental detective work to show how the brain creates our sense of location, and makes the case that the brain’s systems for thinking about space may be the systems of thought itself.

Making Sense

Making Sense
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-08-11
ISBN 10: 0062857800
ISBN 13: 9780062857804
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense Book Review:

From the bestselling author of Waking Up and The End of Faith, an adaptation of his wildly popular, often controversial podcast “Civilization rests on a series of successful conversations.” —Sam Harris Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author—has been exploring some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events on his podcast, Making Sense. With over one million downloads per episode, these discussions have clearly hit a nerve, frequently walking a tightrope where either host or guest—and sometimes both—lose their footing, but always in search of a greater understanding of the world in which we live. For Harris, honest conversation, no matter how difficult or controversial, represents the only path to moral and intellectual progress. This book includes a dozen of the best conversations from Making Sense, including talks with Daniel Kahneman, Timothy Snyder, Nick Bostrom, and Glen Loury, on topics that range from the nature of consciousness and free will, to politics and extremism, to living ethically. Together they shine a light on what it means to “make sense” in the modern world.

The Space Place

The Space Place
Author: Helen Sharman
Publsiher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Total Pages: 31
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9781855780927
ISBN 13: 1855780925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Space Place Book Review:

The author, an astronaut, takes you through astronaut training, experience the excitement of launch day, and learn about the weird and wonderful ways of life in space. Suggested level: junior, primary.

Making Sense of Heritability

Making Sense of Heritability
Author: Neven Sesardic
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2005-10-13
ISBN 10: 9781139445672
ISBN 13: 1139445677
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of Heritability Book Review:

In this book, Neven Sesardic defends the view that it is both possible and useful to measure the separate contributions of heredity and environment to the explanation of human psychological differences. He critically examines the view - very widely accepted by scientists, social scientists and philosophers of science - that heritability estimates have no causal implications and are devoid of any interest. In a series of clearly written chapters he introduces the reader to the problems and subjects the arguments to close philosophical scrutiny. His conclusion is that anti-heritability arguments are based on conceptual confusions and misunderstandings of behavioural genetics. His book is a fresh and compelling intervention in a very contentious debate.

Children s Geographies

Children s Geographies
Author: Sarah L. Holloway,Gill Valentine
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2004-11-23
ISBN 10: 1134622546
ISBN 13: 9781134622542
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Children s Geographies Book Review:

Children's Geographies is an overview of a rapidly expanding area of cutting edge research. Drawing on original research and extensive case studies in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, the book analyses children's experiences of playing, living and learning. The diverse case studies range from an historical analysis of gender relationss in nineteenth century North American playgrounds through to children's experiences of after school care in contemporary Britain, to street cultures amongst homeless children in Indonesia at the end of the twentieth century. Threaded through this empirical diversity, is a common engagement with current debates about the nature of childhood. The individual chapters draw on contemporary sociological understandings of children's competence as social actors. In so doing they not only illustrate the importance of such an approach to our understandings of children's geographies, they also contribute to current debates about spatiality in the social studies of childhood.

Making Sense

Making Sense
Author: Bill Cope,Mary Kalantzis
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2020-01-31
ISBN 10: 1107133300
ISBN 13: 9781107133303
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense Book Review:

Explains the multimodal connections of text, image, space, body, sound and speech, in both old and new computer-mediated communication systems.

Making Sense of Nature

Making Sense of Nature
Author: Noel Castree
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2013-08-15
ISBN 10: 1134613830
ISBN 13: 9781134613830
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of Nature Book Review:

We listen to a cacophony of voices instructing us how to think and feel about nature, including our own bodies. The news media, wildlife documentaries, science magazines, and environmental NGOs are among those clamouring for our attention. But are we empowered by all this knowledge or is our dependence on various communities allowing our thoughts, sentiments and activities to be unduly governed by others? Making Sense of Nature shows that what we call ‘nature’ is made sense of for us in ways that make it central to social order, social change and social dissent. By utilising insights and extended examples from anthropology, cultural studies, human geography, philosophy, politics, sociology, science studies, this interdisciplinary text asks whether we can better make sense of nature for ourselves, and thus participate more meaningfully in momentous decisions about the future of life – human and non-human – on the planet. This book shows how ‘nature’ can be made sense of without presuming its naturalness. The challenge is not so much to rid ourselves of the idea of nature and its ‘collateral concepts’ (such as genes) but instead, we need to be more alert to how, why and with what effects ideas about ‘nature’ get fashioned and deployed in specific situations. Among other things, the book deals with science and scientists, the mass media and journalists, ecotourism, literature and cinema, environmentalists, advertising and big business. This innovative text contains numerous case studies and examples from daily life to put theory and subject matter into context, as well as study tasks, a glossary and suggested further reading. The case studies cover a range of topics, range from forestry in Canada and Guinea, to bestiality in Washington State, to how human genetics is reported in Western newspapers, to participatory science experiments in the UK. Making Sense of Nature will empower readers from a wide range of fields across the social sciences, humanities and physical sciences.

Making Sense of Reality

Making Sense of Reality
Author: Tia DeNora
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2014-09-22
ISBN 10: 1473905516
ISBN 13: 9781473905511
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of Reality Book Review:

What is reality and how do we make sense of it in everyday life? Why do some realities seem more real than others, and what of seemingly contradictory and multiple realities? This book considers reality as we represent, perceive and experience it. It suggests that the realities we take as ‘real’ are the result of real-time, situated practices that draw on and draw together many things - technologies and objects, people, gestures, meanings and media. Examining these practices illuminates reality (or rather our sense of it) as always ‘virtually real’, that is simplified and artfully produced. This examination also shows us how the sense of reality that we make is nonetheless real in its consequences. Making Sense of Reality offers students and educators a guide to analysing social life. It develops a performance-based perspective (‘doing things with’) that highlights the ever-revised dimension of realities and links this perspective to a focus on object-relations and an ecological model of culture-in-action.

Making Sense of Data in the Media

Making Sense of Data in the Media
Author: Andrew Bell,Todd Hartman,Aneta Piekut,Alasdair Rae,Mark Taylor
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-11-04
ISBN 10: 1526493004
ISBN 13: 9781526493002
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of Data in the Media Book Review:

The amount of data produced, captured and transmitted through the media has never been greater. But for this data to be useful, it needs to be properly understood and claims made about or with data need to be properly scrutinized. Through a series of examples of statistics in the media, this book shows you how to critically assess the presentation of data in the media, to identify what is significant and to sort verifiable conclusions from misleading claims. How accurate are polls, and how should we know? How should league tables be read? Are numbers presented as ‘large’ really as big as they may seem at first glance? By answering these questions and more, readers will learn a number of statistical concepts central to many undergraduate social science statistics courses. But more than this, by tying them in to real life examples, the importance and relevance of these concepts comes to life. As such, this book does more than teaches techniques needed for a statistics course; it teaches you life skills that we need to use every single day.

The Production of Space

The Production of Space
Author: Henri Lefebvre
Publsiher: Wiley-Blackwell
Total Pages: 464
Release: 1992-04-08
ISBN 10: 9780631181774
ISBN 13: 0631181776
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Production of Space Book Review:

Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism and the experience of everyday life. The Production of Space is his major philosophical work and its translation has been long awaited by scholars in many different fields. The book is a search for a reconciliation between mental space (the space of the philosophers) and real space (the physical and social spheres in which we all live). In the course of his exploration, Henri Lefebvre moves from metaphysical and ideological considerations of the meaning of space to its experience in the everyday life of home and city. He seeks, in other words, to bridge the gap between the realms of theory and practice, between the mental and the social, and between philosophy and reality. In doing so, he ranges through art, literature, architecture and economics, and further provides a powerful antidote to the sterile and obfuscatory methods and theories characteristic of much recent continental philosophy. This is a work of great vision and incisiveness. It is also characterized by its author's wit and by anecdote, as well as by a deftness of style which Donald Nicholson-Smith's sensitive translation precisely captures.

Making Sense

Making  Sense
Author: Antonio Cuadrado-Femandez
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2010
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1064488465
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Making Sense of Time

Making Sense of Time
Author: Tommy Carlstein,Don Parkes,N. J. Thrift
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 150
Release: 1978
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105035437206
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Waking Up

Waking Up
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-09-09
ISBN 10: 1451636032
ISBN 13: 9781451636031
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Waking Up Book Review:

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

Making Sense of People and Place in Linguistic Landscapes

Making Sense of People and Place in Linguistic Landscapes
Author: Amiena Peck,Christopher Stroud,Quentin Williams
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-10-18
ISBN 10: 1350038008
ISBN 13: 9781350038004
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of People and Place in Linguistic Landscapes Book Review:

This volume offers comprehensive analyses of how we live continuously in a multiplicity and simultaneity of 'places'. It explores what it means to be in place, the variety of ways in which meanings of place are made and how relationships to others are mediated through the linguistic and material semiotics of place. Drawing on examples of linguistic landscapes (LL) over the world, such as gentrified landscapes in Johannesburg and Brunswick, Mozambican memorializations, volatile train graffiti in Stockholm, Brazilian protest marches, Guadeloupian Creole signs, microscapes of souvenirs in Guinea-Bissau and old landscapes of apartheid in South Africa in contemporary time, this book explores how we are what we are through how we are emplaced. Across these examples, world-leading contributors explore how LLs contribute to the (re)imagining of different selves in the living past (living the past in the present), alternative presents and imagined futures. It focuses particularly on how the LL in all of these mediations is read through emotionality and affect, creating senses of belonging, precarity and hope across a simultaneous multiplicity of worlds. The volume offers a reframing of linguistics landscape research in a geohumanities framework emphasizing negotiations of self in place in LL studies, building upon a rich body of LL research. With over 40 illustrations, it covers various methodological and epistemological issues, such as the need for extended temporal engagement with landscapes, a mobile approach to landscapes and how bodies engage with texts.

Topophrenia

Topophrenia
Author: Robert T. Tally Jr.
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-11-09
ISBN 10: 0253037697
ISBN 13: 9780253037695
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Topophrenia Book Review:

What is our place in the world, and how do we inhabit, understand, and represent this place to others? Topophrenia gathers essays by Robert Tally that explore the relationship between space, place, and mapping, on the one hand, and literary criticism, history, and theory on the other. The book provides an introduction to spatial literary studies, exploring in detail the theory and practice of geocriticism, literary cartography, and the spatial humanities more generally. The spatial anxiety of disorientation and the need to know one's location, even if only subconsciously, is a deeply felt and shared human experience. Building on Yi Fu Tuan's "topophilia" (or love of place), Tally instead considers the notion of "topophrenia" as a simultaneous sense of place-consciousness coupled with a feeling of disorder, anxiety, and "dis-ease." He argues that no effective geography could be complete without also incorporating an awareness of the lonely, loathsome, or frightening spaces that condition our understanding of that space. Tally considers the tension between the objective ordering of a space and the subjective ways in which narrative worlds are constructed. Narrative maps present a way of understanding that seems realistic but is completely figurative. So how can these maps be used to not only understand the real world but also to put up an alternative vision of what that world might otherwise be? From Tolkien to Cervantes, Borges to More, Topophrenia provides a clear and compelling explanation of how geocriticism, the spatial humanities, and literary cartography help us to narrate, represent, and understand our place in a constantly changing world.

Making Sense

Making Sense
Author: Lorna Collins
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-09-25
ISBN 10: 1472573196
ISBN 13: 9781472573193
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense Book Review:

Making Sense utilises art practice as a pro-active way of thinking that helps us to make sense of the world. It does this by developing an applied understanding of how we can use art as a method of healing and as a critical method of research. Drawing from poststructuralist philosophy, psychoanalysis, arts therapies, and the creative processes of a range of contemporary artists, the book appeals to the fields of art theory, the arts therapies, aesthetics and art practice, whilst it opens the regenerative affects of art-making to everyone. It does this by proposing the agency of 'transformative therapeutics', which defines how art helps us to make sense of the world, by activating, nourishing and understanding a particular world view or situation therein. The purpose of the book is to question and understand how and why art has this facility and power, and make the creative and healing properties of certain modes of expression widely accessible, practical and useful.

Making Sense of Everyday Life

Making Sense of Everyday Life
Author: Susie Scott
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2013-08-27
ISBN 10: 0745658458
ISBN 13: 9780745658452
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Sense of Everyday Life Book Review:

This accessible, introductory text explains the importance of studying 'everyday life' in the social sciences. Susie Scott examines such varied topics as leisure, eating and drinking, the idea of home, and time and schedules in order to show how societies are created and reproduced by the apparently mundane 'micro' level practices of everyday life. Each chapter is organized around three main themes: 'rituals and routines', 'social order', and 'challenging the taken-for-granted', with intriguing examples and illustrations. Theoretical approaches from ethnomethodology, Symbolic Interactionism and social psychology are introduced and applied to real-life situations, and there is clear emphasis on empirical research findings throughout. Social order depends on individuals following norms and rules which are so familiar as to appear natural; yet, as Scott encourages the reader to discover, these are always open to question and investigation. This user-friendly book will appeal to undergraduate students across the social sciences, including the sociology of everyday life, the sociology of emotions, social psychology and cultural studies, and will reveal the fascinating significance our everyday habits hold.