Resources to help you succeed in the course *updated frequently*
PDFs of Books on Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class
Space and Place Readings
Farman, Jason, 2012. Mobile Interface Theory
Foucault, Michel. 1967. Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias.
“I have suggested that the objects we encounter are not neutral: they enter our near sphere with an affective value already in place, which means they are already invested with positive and negative value. Bodies also do not arrive in neutral: the acquisition of tendencies is also the acquisition of orientations toward some things and not others as being good. If we do not simply find happy objects everywhere, we also do not simply inhabit the right kind of body. We acquire habits, as forms of good taste that differentiate between objects in terms of their affective as well as moral value. We have to work on the body such that the body’s immediate reactions, how we sense the world and make sense of the world, take us in the “right” direction.
If bodies do not arrive in neutral, if we are always in some way or another moody, then what we will receive as an impression will depend on our affective situation. This second argument suggests the atmosphere is not simply “out there” before it gets “in”: how we arrive, how we enter this room or that room, will affect what impressions we receive. To receive is to act. To receive an impression is to make an impression.” —Sara Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness