Paul C. Adams

Paul C. Adams
University of Texas at Austin | UT · Department of Geography and The Environment

PhD

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Introduction
I explore all facets of the relationship between geography and the study of media and communication. This includes place images and representations, communication technologies, social networking, erosion of privacy, redefinition of public space, and geopolitical discourses. My research has grappled to make sense of media from speech and the earliest forms of writing, through printing and television, to the internet and wireless devices, the Internet and social media.
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September 2001 - present
University of Texas at Austin
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Drawing on work in feminist political ecologies and employing a grounded theory approach, this article examines the socio-spatial links between the patriarchal tradition of dowry, tigers, and women's well-being. It shows how a landscape governed for conservation purposes can produce embodied and material harm for women living under a patriarchal sy...
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Drawing on work in feminist political ecologies and employing a grounded theory approach, this article examines the socio-spatial links between the patriarchal tradition of dowry, tigers and women's well-being. It shows how a landscape governed for conservation purposes can produce embodied and material harm for women living under a patriarchal sys...
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Some of the most perceptive contributions to the geographic study of media and communication have been in areas of landscapes studies and geohumanities. To bring landscape and geohumanities insights together more explicitly with communication and media, this progress report draws on George Revill’s concept of an ‘arc of sound’, expanding the concep...
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Yi-Fu Tuan is skeptical of methods, including those of hermeneutics, but his approach closely parallels the prescriptions of several hermeneutic philosophers. He seeks to empathize with all kinds of human experience by reading across various works from literature and the arts, as well as history, biography, social science, philosophy and theology....
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This entry introduces the main ways in which human geographers have addressed the topic of communication. It categorizes a set of distinct questions and issues arising from core concerns in the discipline of geography as these intersect with communication processes, flows, infrastructures, and phenomena. Key geographers working on communication top...
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This paper examines the Santo Daime religion, the Amazonian town of Céu do Mapiá which is one of its primary spiritual centres, and Ayahuasca, a key sacrament of the Santo Daime religion. The small village in the Amazon demonstrates the active outreach by a place which functions as a nexus of international and intercontinental flows of substances,...
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A turning point in human–environment relations has been signalled by the term Anthropocene. Academic responses to the Anthropocene must acknowledge the unprecedented role of humankind on the planet while avoiding models that dismiss or minimise the agency of non-human actors. They must pay attention to hybridity, materiality, actor-networks and non...
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This chapter starts with a discussion on media in general. Next, it turns to social media, which offer some special, though hardly unique, affordances for political action. The chapter briefly discusses where political geography might be headed as agency becomes increasingly bound up in digitally mediated networks. History recapitulates a paradox w...
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The Nobel Prize ceremony for Liu Xiaobo was held on December 10, 2010, at the Oslo City Hall. The flower bedecked room was filled with some 1,000 guests, including King Harald, Queen Sonja, representatives from 46 different embassies, Chinese dissidents who had participated in the 1989 occupation of Tiananmen Square, the US Speaker of the House Nan...
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Online environmental messages are examined through the use of focus groups. These messages are derived from short online videos and an interactive Internet tool called the ‘‘ecological footprint calculator.’’ Subject responses are compared and contrasted across two axes of differentiation: Americans versus Norwegians, and journalism students versus...
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This paper explores the news potential of visual genres such as animation and interactive gaming by examining the effectiveness of environmental messaging online. In a qualitative, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary study, students majoring in journalism and petroleum engineering encountered an animation video, a documentary-style video and an i...
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Online environmental messages are examined through the use of focus groups. These messages are derived from short online videos and an interactive Internet tool called the ‘‘ecological footprint calculator.’’ Subject responses are compared and contrasted across two axes of differentiation: Americans versus Norwegians, and journalism students versus...
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We call for a fundamental restructuring of research paradigms in geography and media/communication studies to form a bridge between core concerns of the 2 disciplines. This endeavor responds to contemporary historical changes: mediated/mediatized mobility, technological convergence, interactivity, new communication interfaces, and the automation of...
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Trajectories are defined as constructs used in geopolitical discourses at all levels – formal, practical and popular. Each trajectory consists of a particular scaling of here, a particular scaling of there, and a particular causal hypothesis about how the two are linked. Norwegian discourses about the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize provide examples of traj...
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The broadening and deepening of Europe as a macro-region impels processes of expansion, contraction and transformation in sub-regions positioned within the EU and across the EU’s border. Recent arguments stress the idea of regionalization as a multi-layered process. Using Northern Europe as a study site, three such layers are explored: territoriall...
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Wetransmit images of space and place through communication, so space and place are part of the ‘content’ of media. In addition, every communication follows a path from sender(s) to receiver(s) along a particular spatial route between particular places. These observations indicate opposing forms of containment: spaces and places contain communicatio...
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Writing served some of its earliest users as a means to coordinate flows of goods and record material transactions and as a technique for extending control over people, space and territory. Kingship circulated as a quasi-object among network participants, functioning to maintain the stability of relations between, for example, stone masons, stones,...
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Media and communication are attracting increasing amounts of attention from geographers but the work remains disorganized and lacks a unifying paradigm. This progress report suggests a new paradigm for geographical studies of media and communication and indicates how recent research fits under this umbrella. The report presents recent studies of li...
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The 2004 US election provided the French media and its citizens with a springboard for reconceiving 'self' and 'Other'. Given its prominent opposition to recent US foreign policy, such as the invasion of Iraq; volley of insults and caustic remarks reverberated between France and the US, with French observers linking the Bush administration's polici...
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Abstract An examination of television as a center of meaning and as a social context supports the concept of a place without a location. Similar ideas have appeared in media theory since the 1960s, but have not been the subject of geographic research. Comparison of television with other media, including books, radio, and film, reveals that it is un...
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Explores new terrain in human geography and new-sprung concepts of corporeal boundaries and place. Using the body as an axis for geographical theory, this book argues that communication empowers self to constantly transcend its physical limits. It urges complete review of personal borders in space and time based on symbols, signs and signals that r...
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Public opinion polls from before and after 2001 in Quebec (Canada) reveal a marked shift during that year in attitudes about the US. Québécois opinions of the US fell to the least favorable rating they had had in 15 years. A “fair weather friend” phenomenon based on fear of association with a target state does not fully explain Quebec’s reaction. C...
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The study of information and communication technologies (ICT) by geographers has evolved over the past third of a century from a concentration on friction of distance and spatial organization toward a set of four interrelated social approaches: ICT as a set of contested terrains, ICT as a means of perception, ICT as a form of embodiment, and ICT as...
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Geographical understanding of accessibility usually proceeds macroscopically, from the vantage point of a remote and detached observer. Total minutes of telephone communication between a set of countries, presented as a network map, would be one form such knowledge might take. Frequency of flights between a set of cities would be another. While the...
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Studies of social processes at the aggregate level reduce worker identity to an abstraction defined by social structures. This paper considers the daily routine of one worker to clarify the construction of identity. A homeworker is chosen because the contrast between her structurally defined identity and her personally defined identity is particula...
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The use of terms such as “cyberspace,”“electronic frontier,” and “information superhighway” implies a project for geographers: the attempt to incorporate such innovative views of place within an ontological framework sensitive to geographical concerns. Combinatorial theory and structuration theory provide a basis for this incorporation. Just as pla...
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. Computer networks are often described in terms that imply a virtual space or place: electronic frontier, cyberspace, and information superhighway have been used to indicate computer networks as a whole; cafés, dungeons, and virtual offices are some of the “places” people refer to as being in or on networks. The use of this language, which I colle...
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Telecommunications do not simply rearrange information and ideas in space, they also alter the balance of power in social struggles. Although it supports centralization of power and capital, subordinated groups can achieve certain goals by exploiting the existing telecommunication infrastructure. This tactic is geographical in that it refuses to ac...
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An appropriate image of the person for geographers is an entity with fluctuating boundaries that reach through space and time in constantly changing patterns. Such extensions through space and time are not merely “internal” or psychological states of being in the world; they are integral to economic, political, and cultural processes. Human extensi...
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Typescript. Thesis (M.S.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1989. Includes bibliographical references (leaves i-xx).

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