The Virtual

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Computers - 246 pages
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This book looks at the origins and the many contemporary meanings of the virtual. Rob Shields shows how the construction of virtual worlds has a long history. He examines the many forms of faith and hysteria that have surrounded computer technologies in recent years. Moving beyond the technologies themselves he shows how the virtual plays a role in our daily lives at every level. The virtual is also an essential concept needed to manage innovation and risk. It is real but not actual, ideal but not abstract. The virtual, he argues, has become one of the key organizing principles of contemporary society in the public realms of politics, business and consumption as well as in our private lives.
 

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About the author (2003)

Rob Shields is Henry Marshall Tory Chair and Professor in the Departments of Sociology and of Art and Design. Previously he was Professor of Sociology and past Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University.

His focus has been urban cultural studies, particularly the social use and meanings of the built environment, urban spaces and regions, including tourist destinations, local identities, and the impact of changing spatializations on cultural identities. This intellectual project has been extended through a peer-reviewed journal "Space and Culture" (SAGE) founded in 1997.

He is the author of "Lefebvre, Love and Struggle "(Routledge, 1998), which is a widely cited classic in the field. He's also authored or edited, among others, "Ecologies of Affect "(WLUP, 2011), "What Is A City? Rethinking the Urban After Hurricane Katrina "(UGP, 2008), "The Virtual "(Routledge, 2002), "Places on the Margin "and "Lifestyle Shopping "(both Routledge, 1992).

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