Code/Space Software and Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0262525917
ISBN-13: 9780262525916
Edition: 2014
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/10/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

After little more than half a century since its initial development, computer code isextensively and intimately woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. From the digital alarm clockthat wakes us to the air traffic control system that guides our plane in for a landing, software isshaping our world: it creates new ways of undertaking tasks, speeds up and automates existingpractices, transforms social and economic relations, and offers new forms of cultural activity,personal empowerment, and modes of play. In Code/Space, Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge examinesoftware from a spatial perspective, analyzing the dyadic relationship of software and space. Theproduction of space, they argue, is increasingly dependent on code, and code is written to producespace. Examples of code/space include airport check-in areas, networked offices, and cafés that aretransformed into workspaces by laptops and wireless access. Kitchin and Dodge argue that software,through its ability to do work in the world, transduces space. Then Kitchiun and Dodge develop a setof conceptual tools for identifying and understanding the interrelationship of software, space, andeveryday life, and illustrate their arguments with rich empirical material. And, finally, they issuea manifesto, calling for critical scholarship into the production and workings of code rather thansimply the technologies it enables--a new kind of social science focused on explaining the social,economic, and spatial contours of software.

Rob Kitchin is Professor of Human Geography and Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Maynooth, Ireland.

Martin Dodge is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester's School of Environment and Development.

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