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Space Travel and Culture: From Apollo to Space Tourism

David Bell (Editor), Martin Parker (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9332-0
232 pages
June 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Explores the significance of the first Apollo moon landing and how the countless books, films, and products associated with factual space fiction had an affect on popular culture and artistic practice, but not social sciences and humanities
  • Investigates how a topic is hugely important in popular culture, but almost invisible in the academy, and how it makes us want to ask questions about visibility, or perhaps self-censorship
  • Evaluates how little impact the space age actually had on the social sciences and humanities - partly because its combination of military-industrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas
  • Provides an interdisciplinary collection of essays on various aspects of NASA, the moon landing, and the commercialization of space generally
  • The book travels from hard engineering to space romance, echoing the variety of attempts to blur science and culture
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Introduction: Making Space (Martin Parker, University of Leicester School of Management and David Bell, University of Leeds).

1. Checklist: The Secret Life of Apollo’s "Fourth Crewmember" (Matthew H. Hersch, University of Pennsylvania).

2. A Political History of NASA’s Space Shuttle: The Development Years, 1972-1982 (Brian Woods, University of Glasgow).

3. The Geostationary Orbit: A Critical Legal Geography of Space’s Most Valuable Real Estate (Christy Collis, Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane).

4. The Cosmos as Capitalism’s Outside (Peter Dickens, Universities of Brighton and Essex and University of Cambridge).

5. Capitalists in Space (Martin Parker, University of Leicester School of Management).

6. Space is the (non)Place: Martians, Marxists, and the Outer Space of the Radical Imagination (Stevphen Shukaitis, University of Essex).

7. The Space Race and Soviet Utopian Thinking (Iina Kohonen, University of Art and Design, Helsinki).

8. The archaeology of space exploration (Alice Gorman, Flinders University).

9. Giant Leaps and Forgotten Steps: NASA and the Performance of Gender (Daniel Sage, Loughborough University).

10. Idealised Heroes of ‘Retrotopia’: History, Identity and the Postmodern in Apollo 13 (Dario Llinares, University of Leeds).

11. Middle America, the Moon, the Sublime and the Uncanny (Darren Jorgensen, University of Western Australia).

12. Re-thinking Apollo: Envisioning Environmentalism in Space (Holly Henry, California State University, San Bernardino and Amanda Taylor, California State University, San Bernardino).

13. Conclusion: To Infinity and Beyond? (Warren Smith, University of Leicester School of Management).

Notes on Contributors.

Index.

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David Bell is Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography at Leeds University. His interests span critical human geography and cultural studies, and include cultural policy, urban and rural cultures, consumption and lifestyle, science and technology, and sexuality.

Martin Parker is Professor of Culture and Organization at the University of Leicester School of Management. His latest writing has been about the Mafia, angels, pirates, and skyscrapers.

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  • Explores the significance of the first Apollo moon landing and how the countless books, films and products associated with factual space fiction had an affect on popular culture and artistic practice
  • Investigates how a topic is hugely important in popular culture, but almost invisible in the academy, and how it makes us want to ask questions about visibility, or perhaps self-censorship
  • Evaluates how little impact the space age actually had on the social sciences and humanities - partly because its combination of military-industrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas
  • Provides an interdisciplinary collection of essays on various aspects of NASA, the moon landing and the commercialisation of space generally
  • The book travels from hard engineering to space romance, echoing the variety of attempts to blur science and culture that we find in the chapters
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