Technology, Modernity and the Restructuring of the Present in Historical Geographies

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The following essay attempts to illuminate the production of “presences” in the course of European modernity. It argues that the disintegration of a stable and local presence is one of the defining, albeit largely ignored, characteristics of modernity. The consequences of what could rightly be called an “exploded” presence are then examined with the help of particularly illustrative innovations which originated within European modernity: paper money, iron and glass architecture and photography. In conclusion, the essays attempts an outline for a new geography of technology.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Wales Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED, Wales, UK

Publication date: October 1, 1997

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