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  • Addiction, Modernity, and the City

    A Users’ Guide to Urban Space

    By Christopher B.R. Smith

    Examining the interdependent nature of substance, space, and subjectivity, this book constitutes an interdisciplinary analysis of the intoxication indigenous to what has been termed "our narcotic modernity." The first section – Drug/Culture – demonstrates how the body of the addict and the social…

    Hardback – 2015-12-14 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Sociology

  • The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film

    Affect Theory's Other

    By Pansy Duncan

    Emotion and Postmodernism: is it possible to imagine an odder couple, stranger bedfellows, less bad company? The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film brings this unlikely pair into sustained dialogue, arguing that the interdisciplinary body of scholarship currently emerging under the rubric of "affect…

    Hardback – 2015-12-11 
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

  • Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture

    Edited by Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, Lily Díaz, Morten Søndergaard, Maria Engberg

    The ubiquitous nature of mobile and pervasive computing has begun to reshape and complicate our notions of space, time, and identity. In this collection, over thirty internationally recognized contributors reflect on ubiquitous computing’s implications for the ways in which we interact with our…

    Hardback – 2015-12-10 
    Routledge

  • How Folklore Shaped Modern Art

    A Post-Critical History of Aesthetics

    By Wes Hill

    Since the 1990s, artists and art writers around the world have increasingly undermined the essentialism associated with notions of "critical practice." We can see this manifesting in the renewed relevance of what were previously considered "outsider" art practices, the emphasis on first-person…

    Hardback – 2015-12-10 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

  • A Cultural Approach to Emotional Disorders

    Psychological and Aesthetic Interpretations

    By E. Deidre Pribram

    In her latest contribution to the growing field of emotion studies, Deidre Pribram makes a compelling argument for why culturalist approaches to the study of emotional "disorders" continue to be eschewed, even as the sociocultural and historical study of mental illness flourishes. The author ties…

    Hardback – 2015-12-08 
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

  • Biopolitical Media

    Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life

    By Allen Meek

    This book presents an historical account of media and catastrophe that engages with theories of biopolitics in the work of Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri and others. It explains how responses to catastrophe in media and cultural criticism over the past 150 years are…

    Hardback – 2015-12-07 
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

  • Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity

    Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence

    By Matthew H. Bowker

    What does it mean to describe something or someone as absurd? Why did absurd philosophy and literature become so popular amidst the violent conflicts and terrors of the mid- to late-twentieth century? Is it possible to understand absurdity not as a feature of events, but as a psychological posture…

    Paperback – 2015-12-02 
    Routledge
    Routledge Innovations in Political Theory

  • Animation in China

    History, Aesthetics, Media

    By Sean Macdonald

    By the turn of the 21st century, animation production has grown to thousands of hours a year in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Despite this, and unlike American blockbuster productions and the diverse genres of Japanese anime, much animation from the PRC remains relatively unknown. This…

    Hardback – 2015-11-18 
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary China Series

  • Climate Change and Cultural Heritage

    A Race against Time

    By Peter F. Smith

    History reveals how civilisations can be decimated by changes in climate. More recently modern methods of warfare have exposed the vulnerability of the artefacts of civilisation. Bringing together a range of subjects - from science, energy and sustainability to aesthetics theory and civilization…

    Paperback – 2015-11-17 
    Routledge
    Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies

  • Conflicted Identities

    Housing and the Politics of Cultural Representation

    By Alexandra Staub

    Nation-states have long used representational architecture to create symbolic identities for public consumption both at home and abroad. Government buildings, major ensembles and urban plans have a visibility that lends them authority, while their repeated portrayals in the media cement their image…

    Hardback – 2015-11-10 
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Architecture

  • Spatial Justice

    Body, Lawscape, Atmosphere

    By Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

    There can be no justice that is not spatial. Against a recent tendency to despatialise law, matter, bodies and even space itself, this book insists on spatialising them, arguing that there can be neither law nor justice that are not articulated through and in space. Spatial Justice presents a new…

    Paperback – 2015-11-10 
    Routledge
    Space, Materiality and the Normative

  • Sensing Law

    Edited by Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury, Dawn Moore, Neil Sargent, Christiane Wilke

    A rich collection of interdisciplinary essays, this book explores the question: what is to be found at the intersection of the sensorium and law’s empire? Examining the problem of how legal rationalities try to grasp what can only be sensed through the body, these essays problematize the Cartesian…

    Hardback – 2015-11-01 
    Routledge
    Social Justice

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