Jon Swords's research while affiliated with CUNY Graduate Center and other places

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This paper examines the interconnectedness of sex work with the platform economy. It does this by mobilising two concepts from the platform economy literature: the platform stack (which captures the structure of platforms) and interpenetration (which describes the processes through which platforms intersect). Exploring the platforms stacks and inte...
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Memoryscapes presents a detailed case-study of a design-led inquiry concerning the development of immersive experiences to support city-center urban redevelopment, to encourage visiting and touristic activity. Our approach sought to explore how we might make innovative use of local heritage assets, within these digital experiences, to enhance engag...
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The growth of immersive technologies offers new ways in which heritage can be made usable. Virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences are the latest media forms through which historical narratives can be told and heritage experienced. There are many challenges to create experiences which engage users in a meaningful way from the origination s...
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In this article we discuss an ongoing research project that uses participatory mapping to gain insights into the worlds of young people. For the last ten years we have worked with hundreds of people in schools, youth groups and at public events, asking them to use low-tech cartographic techniques to reveal the rich, complex and important aspects of...
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This Is Not an Atlas gathers more than 40 counter-cartographies from all over the world. This collection shows how maps are created and transformed as a part of political struggle, for critical research or in art and education: from indigenous territories in the Amazon to the anti-eviction movement in San Francisco; from defending commons in Mexico...
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Web platforms are becoming part of everyday life for internet users. They come in many forms, offering a range of products and services for both producers and consumers as they (re)produce multi-sided markets. Platforms act as key intermediaries, bringing together third parties and shaping the provision of access to information, finance, content an...
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This article introduces a new mode of patronage of the arts: crowd-patronage. In so doing the article illustrates the plural roles of intermediaries in patronage networks which go beyond Bourdieuian cultural intermediaries to include regulatory and financial actors. A brief history of patronage is presented which outlines different modes and eras o...
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With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’ within the city are key concepts in contemporary political debate. This book examines the theory and practice of justice in and of the city through a multi-disciplinary collaboration, which draws on a wide range of expertise. By bringing diverse disciplin...
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This chapter is concerned with how space is socially produced: the struggles and challenges, but also the openings and potentials for alternative conceptions and practice through accessing, being and participating in city life. Focussing on the rights of skateboarders to produce space, through the empirical case of Newcastle upon Tyne, or the ‘Toon...
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Introduction We live in an era when ideals of human rights have moved centre stage both politically and ethically. A great deal of energy is expended in promoting their significance for the construction of a better world. But for the most part the concepts circulating do not fundamentally challenge hegemonic liberal and neoliberal market logics, or...
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In any visualisation of the city more is left unseen than made visible. Contemporary visualisations of the city are increasingly influenced by quantification, and thus anything which cannot be quantified is hidden. In contrast, we explore the use of ‘lo-fi’, doodled, participatory maps made by skateboarders in Tyneside, England, as a means to repre...
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There has been much written on industrial agglomeration, but it is Michael Porter’s cluster theory, above all others, which has come to dominate local and regional economic development policy. His work has been adopted by the OECD, EU, national and local governments the world over. He and his consultancy group have led reviews of national economic...
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This paper explores first-year undergraduates' perceptions of the transition from studying geography at pre-university level to studying for a degree. This move is the largest step students make in their education, and the debate about it in the UK has been reignited due to the government's planned changes to A-level geography. However, missing fro...
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Skateboarders re-invent and interrogate the physical structure of cityscapes as they use spaces, buildings and objects for skating. However, skaters are routinely regarded by the civic and business interests who dominate city centre planning and regeneration as, at best, a nuisance and at worst an unruly and dangerous blight. This paper reports fin...
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Purpose – Coping with and adjusting to disruptive challenges has always been a characteristic of human development. Formalisation of this has led to the emergence of a number approaches addressing disruptive challenges. Often formalised practice has a narrow focus. Increasingly complex challenges require a refocus of formalised approaches. Drawing...
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The creative industries are seen as a key part of economic development policy for national and regional policymakers. This research adopts a relational approach to examine the spatialities and networks of connections that workers in the North East of England's creative industries forge and maintain over space. Based on a questionnaire survey and in...
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We were driven initially to write this Commentary by a sense of exhilaration and exasperation. The exhilaration came from the opportunity to address global issues of climate change through adaptation at the local level, an issue that will be addressed in Copenhagen in December 2009. The sense of exasperation came from an increasingly populist but d...

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... Ttukseom skate park breaks away from the rhythm of the city of Seoul in yet another manner, in that it is located in a recreational park that is designed to embrace and encourage formalized ludic activities within predefined spatial configurations. Simultaneously, Ttukseom Hangang Park marginalizes the psychogeographical sensory and cognitive mapping of urban landscapes that Jeffries et al. (2013;Jeffries, Messer, & Swords, 2016;Swords & Jeffries, 2015) notice among skateboarders in northern England. For Ttukseom's functional layout and recreational meanings dominate to such an extent that it would be a herculean task to see, experience, and sense the area in a manner that diverts from or critiques its intended use. ...
... Howell states that skateparks are, essentially, neoliberal playgrounds that are self-supervised, locales for entrepreneurialism, and cultivators of personal responsibility. Kasten and Pell (2000), as well as , and Pugalis, Swords, and Jeffries (2016), also provide case studies of the contemporary city as a playground. Accordingly, those who skate in purpose-built skateparks at once conform to designed spatial norms and take control over its supervision and maintenance. ...
... Cowen and Colosi (2020) maintain that scholars are beginning to challenge the notion that digital sex work is feminised however, we must question whether the gendered perspective on sex work historically has influenced the invisibilisation of this work in modern labour markets. The platform economy has facilitated a new workspace for this industry and the interconnectedness between platform capitalism and sex work has presented a multitude of opportunities and challenges for workers (Swords et al., 2021). The migration of sex workers to online platforms is an adaptation strategy to seek out safety and income-earning benefits (Jones, 2015). ...
... For us, it was important to take this act and use it as a tool to scaffold building commitments for this project. Like Rogage et al. [85], our approach aimed to explore heritage interpretation and stimulate creativity without placing emphasis on any given technology, whilst also ensuring that participants have adequate knowledge of the technology's possibilities. Placing the technology in participants' hands helps to mitigate this concern [44]. ...
... In contrast, reflection on the findings of another Immersive Experiences project highlighted disquiet about the capacity of digital technologies to engage the public (Swords et al. 2021). This project focused on making heritage 'usable', by utilising immersive technologies to take it outside of the museum for public consumption. ...
... It stands in stark contrast to the perception of the production of skateboard videos and photo series as artistic attempts to document the successful execution of innovative, or at least difficult and complex, tricks (Borden, 2001;Dinces, 2011;Jones, 2011;Snyder, 2012;Hoof, 2013). The Tokyo-based photo series should also be differentiated from the audiovisual and experiential processes of mapping the geographical spaces that are of cognitive and phenomenological significance to skaters, as explored in more detail by Jenson, Swords, and Jeffries (2010) in the context of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead (see also : Jeffries, Messer, and Sword, 2013;. ...
... Nel corso dell'analisi, considereremo innanzitutto Twitch in quanto piattaforma, ripercorrendo la sua storia e le trasformazioni principali che ha attraversato negli anni per poi descriverne il funzionamento; in secondo luogo, considereremo invece Twitch come spazio all'interno del quale le persone interagiscono, elaborando significati e (ri)costruendo comunità e culture; infine, considereremo le ricerche svolte finora sul modo in cui l'essere donna in un contesto che assume un'identità maschile come default produce barriere e ostacoli che le donne devono navigare per conquistare il proprio spazio su Twitch. servizi rivolti sia ai produttori che ai consumatori, e così facendo (ri)produce mercati multidimensionali e agisce come intermediario che mette in comunicazione terze parti, fornendo accesso a informazioni, risorse economiche, contenuti e network (Swords 2020). Il ruolo di intermediazione svolto dalle piattaforme è multiforme: esse sono al contempo intermediari finanziari, che strutturano opportunità di guadagno per alcuni tipi di utenti e opportunità di acquistare prodotti e servizi per altri; intermediari di regolazione, che determinano gli utilizzi legittimi all'interno del più ampio insieme di quelli consentiti dalle affordances della piattaforma stessa attraverso termini di servizio e linee guida; e infine intermediari culturali 83 , grazie alle funzioni di curatela dei contenuti ospitati. ...
... Crowdfunding is only one of the manifold examples of digital solutions. As widely documented (Srnicek, 2020;Van Dijck et al., 2021), digital platforms promote new forms of governance, data organization, online interactions, and production of content which have transformed how creators produce, distribute, and make content accessible to consumers (Swords, 2017). Moreover, niche amateur producers rapidly convert into professionals (Anderson, 2006;Brynjolfsson et al., 2006) which contributes to replacing traditional intermediaries and gatekeepers with more dispersed, bottom-up forms of participation (Hutchinson, 2021). ...
... Lefebvre's 'right to the city' theory (1991) presents the crucial component when addressing how public space should be used, being equality of access and a right to change it (Pugalis, 2016;Lefebvre 1991). The concept has faced critique by the incorporation of consumerism into capitalist societies, leading public spaces to conversely marginalise and segregate individuals (Daskalak, 2008) in "a celebration of privatisation" (Pugalis, 2016. ...
... However, a narrow focus on improving only the programmes in teacher preparation institutions will not be the only answer to improving educational outcomes. A lack of strong partnerships with shared visions among various educational stakeholders such as policy makers, teacher training colleges, schools, curriculum developers, where each of this agent working in insolation may influence the quality of initial teacher preparation programmes (Matorevhu, 2019;Smith, 2016). Therefore, this chapter outlines how a small country, Bhutan, that is determined to shape its own unique approach to balancing social, cultural, spiritual, political, economic and ecological wellbeing faces very unique challenges to do with preparing their future teachers. ...