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Exploring the real-time smart city dashboard
Michiel de Lange

basis of their ontological, epistemological and political assumptions. On the one hand, dashboards may open up data to public consumption and use, yet on the other hand they cultivate a top-down, technocratic vision (Ciuccarelli, Lupi and Simeone, 2014: Mattern, 2015). Real-time mapping and dashboards provide a powerful realist epistemology (Kitchin, Lauriault and McArdle, 2015a; Mattern, 2015). An issue is the validity of the data. Mattern notes that the target 242 (In)formalising audience ‘likely has only a limited understanding of how the data are derived’ yet

in Time for mapping
A Deweyan vision of democracy and social research 
Malcolm P. Cutchin

sufficiently? The obvious solution was to be selective and read what I needed to read at the time, and the unfortunate outcome was to miss many important dimensions of his thought – such as his political works and his writings on aesthetics – all of which are highly innovative and, at the same time, intricately woven into the fabric of his broader philosophy. What follows below is the result of some effort to address the gaps in my knowledge and to connect Dewey’s political theory to his theory of social psychology and action. In my view, Dewey’s political theory appears

in The power of pragmatism
Considerations and consequences
Thomas Sutherland

the ideological precepts by which they are informed and conditioned. Especially in an age of geographic information systems – wherein lies an increasingly stark disparity between the visual appearance of the map itself on one hand, and the numerical data that it claims to represent on the other – the parameters within which such representations are given, and the socio-political consequences of such ‘givenness’ must be analysed with intense scrutiny. Digital mapping gives us a world through the binding of quantitative information to a set of representational

in Time for mapping
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The restructuring of work and production in the international political economy
Louise Amoore

5 The ‘contested’ firm: the restructuring of work and production in the international political economy no involuntary changes have ever spontaneously restructured or reorganised a mode of production; … changes in productive relationships are experienced in social and cultural life, refracted in men’s ideas and their values, and argued through in their actions, their choices and their beliefs. (Thompson, 1976/1994: 222) T he desire to comprehend, order and manage the dual dynamics of globalisation and restructuring has led to much attention being paid to the

in Globalisation contested
Trevor Barnes

could be transformational. By carrying out original cartographic re-description, Bunge aimed in his work to break through the existing crust of cartographic convention, to create something brand new, to change the world for the better, to revolutionise it. To illustrate this argument, I work through three different phases of Bunge’s pragmatist cartographic re-description: his early work within spatial science on formal map transformations; his later work in black inner-city Detroit to produce community-based maps to effect political change; and his last substantive

in The power of pragmatism
Going beyond a communicative approach 
Ihnji Jon

). Radical planners acknowledge the plurality of the social and many of them draw on Chantal Mouffe’s (1999) writings on agonism. Mouffe argues that honouring the existence of conflicts or agons is essential for plural democracy as such conflicts signal the limits of politics done in the name of ‘the’ public. As Laclau and Mouffe (1985 [2000] , 192) argue: “there is no radical and plural democracy without renouncing the discourse of the universal and its implicit assumption of a privileged point of access to ‘the truth’, which can be reached only by a limited number

in The power of pragmatism
Clive Barnett

, Chapter 9 ); and in networks of professional expertise ( Chapter 12 , Chapter 13 ). The second theme running across The power of pragmatism is a political imperative, reflected in discussions of various methodologies of assertively engaged and experimental social research (e.g. Chapter 5 , Chapter 9 , Chapter 11 ). The consistent emphasis is upon not treating people as mere data points, but as active participants in a work of collective inquiry. It is this inclusive ethos that is also taken to be central to the democratic credentials of Pragmatism (e.g. Chapter

in The power of pragmatism
Ireland’s grassroots food growing movement
Aisling Murtagh

, the rural idyll’ (Leapman, 2010). Growing your own food has become a practice by those seeking something better and different from their food, environment and society. Grassroots food initiatives, such as community gardens and allotments, have long been recognised as spaces outside of, and challenging to, conventional political and economic structures. Rather than relying on conventional economic exchange, local resources are mobilised, labour is communal and materials are shared. In the US and UK, increases in demand for urban food growing spaces have been linked

in Spacing Ireland
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Spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA
Cian O’Callaghan

sustainable residential property taxes, were financed from the accrual of development levies. Furthermore, the balanced spatial development advocated by the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) (Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, 2002) was consistently undermined by local politicians, many of whom had a vested interest in the property market and excessively zoned land for development (O’Toole, 2009). Within this taxation and political system, there was a predilection for development. Added to these factors was the involvement of the domestic banking

in Spacing Ireland
Art and the temporalities of geomedia
Gavin MacDonald

”’ rather than its wholeness as a ‘natural’ image’ of an object (Dorrian, 2013: 299). Unlike Wood, Dorrian sees 146 Stitching memories a significant ­difference between the cloud-swirled blue marbles of the Apollo photographs and the cloudless, eternal day of mosaicked satellite imagery; he argues that these patchwork worlds are a new kind of political map where differing resolutions and image upload frequencies speak more of Western political, security and economic interests, wherever they may lie, than they do of the bounded territories of nation-states. Regardless

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