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Geographies of the Internet

1st Edition

Edited by Barney Warf


392 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-01-29
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This book offers a comprehensive overview of recent research on the internet, emphasizing its spatial dimensions, geospatial applications, and the numerous social and geographic implications such as the digital divide and the mobile internet.

Written by leading scholars in the field, the book sheds light on the origins and the multiple facets of the internet. It addresses the various definitions of cyberspace and the rise of the World Wide Web, draws upon the media theory, as well as explores the physical infrastructure such as the global skein of fibre optics networks and broadband connectivity. Several economic dimensions, such as e-commerce, e-tailing, e-finance, e-government, and e-tourism are also explored. Apart from its most common uses such as Google Earth, social media like Twitter, and neogeography, this volume also presents internet’s novel uses for ethnographic research and the study of digital diasporas.

Illustrated with numerous graphics, maps and charts, the book will best serve as supplementary reading for academics, researchers, and as a professional handbook for policy makers involved in communications, media, retailing, and economic development.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction (Barney Warf)

PART I: Conceiving the History, Technology, and Geography of the Internet

2. Is Cyberspace There after All (Aharon Kellerman)

3. The World Wide Web as Media Ecology (Michael L. Black)

4. Robustness and the Internet: A Geographic Fiber-optic Infrastructure Perspective (Ramakrishnan Durairajan)

5. The History of Broadband (Elizabeth Mack)

6. The Mobile Internet (Matthew Kelley)

7. Geographies of the Internet in Rural Areas in Developing Countries (Jeffrey James)

8. Geographies of Global Digital Divides (James B. Pick and Avijit Sarkar)

PART II: The Political Economy of the Internet

9. The Geography of E-Commerce (Bruno Moriset)

10. Online Retailing (Emily Fekete)

11. Finance and Information Technologies: Opposite Sides of the Same Coin? (Jayson J. Funke)

12. e-Tourism (Irene Cheng Chu Chan and Rob Law)

13. The State and Cyberspace: e-Government Geographies (Barney Warf)

14. A Geography of the Internet in China (Xiang Zhang)

PART III: The Internet in Everyday Life

15. Google Earth (Todd Patterson)

16. Augmented Reality: An Overview (Mark Billinghurst)

17. Twitter (Matthew Haffner)

18. Neogeography (Wen Lin)

19. Ethnographic Research and the Internet (Tyler Sonnichsen)

20. Cyber-spatial Cartographies of Digital Diasporas (Michel S. Laguerre)

21. Wearable Internet for Wellness and Health: Interdigital Territories of New Technology (Monica Murero)

22. The Internet of Things (Anurag Agarwal and Bhuvan Unhelkar)


About the Editor

Barney Warf is a professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching interests lie within the broad domain of human geography. Much of his research concerns producer services and telecommunications, particularly the geographies of the internet, including the digital divide, e-government, and internet censorship.

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Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography