Space Travel and Culture

Space Travel and Culture : from Apollo to Space Tourism

Edited by MR David Bell , Edited by Martin Parker

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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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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
  • 15 Jun 2009
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • New.
  • 1405193328
  • 9781405193320
  • 1,237,539

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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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"Students of the space age have to choose among the many books that appear on the topic; this book is one of the better ones." (Quest, 2010)

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One of the most iconic moments of the twentieth century was the first Apollo moon landing. The images of the earth from space, of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon, the massive cold war organisation of NASA and the Soviet Union, and the countless books, films and products associated with factual space fiction have a huge significance in terms of popular culture and artistic practice. However, it is remarkable how little impact the space age has had on the social sciences and humanities more specifically. Perhaps this is partly because its combination of militaryindustrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas. To admit an interest in such matters is likely to suggest a wilful detachment from the urgencies of contemporary life, or the sophistications of contemporary theory, unless it is a topic being used to demonstrate the catastrophic failures of complex organization, or the hubris of nation states, or the dreams of men.

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