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Lived Topographies - and their Mediational Forces
Gary Backhaus
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Lexington Books
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This collection explores the various forms of narrative, semiotic, and technological mediation that shape the experience of place. From the East End of London to Navajo lands to Ground Zero, Lived Topographies examines the great effect of language, mass media, surveillance, and other incursions of the contemporary world on topographical experience and description. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi have assembled a wide array of scholars to provide an interdisciplinary approach to this subject, giving this rich, focused collection a unique perspective on the phenomenology of place.

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Gary Backhaus teaches philosophy at Morgan State University. John Murungi is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Towson University.

These essays, in investigation of the vitality embedded in lived space, are a must read for all those interested in the phenomenology of embodiment. If the body in the world inhabits zones of sacredness, deadness, memory, violence, political contestation, oppression and technological oversight, we need to find principles that this book seeks of care and cultivation that can be located in the spaces we share. Time, empathy, vision, language, love, community and other core phenomena of being human are kinetic experiences and not to be found primarily "within," but must be blazed topographically.
Glen A. Mazis, Author of Earthbodies

A collection of fine essays, this book addresses a variety of issues concerning the human experience of place....Recommended.

Lived Topographies cuts across the disciplines in its theoretical approach to "topoi." It would be a great addition to an upper-level seminar on theoretical concepts involving sense of place, biases, and how we become committed to place through events.
Artimus Keiffer, Wittenberg University

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