Outer Space and Internal Nature: Towards a Sociology of the Universe

  title={Outer Space and Internal Nature: Towards a Sociology of the Universe},
  author={Peter Dickens and James Ormrod},
  pages={609 - 626}
This article represents one step towards developing a sociology of humanity's relationship with the cosmos. It adapts a central question of sociological concern — how humanity transforms itself as it interacts with nature — to ask questions about how human subjectivities are affected by the increasing `humanization' of the universe and by developments in contemporary cosmology. The argument presented is that some (wealthy) sectors of society are increasingly relating to the universe in a… 

Society, Subjectivity and the Cosmos

Abstract The social sciences have paid little sustained attention to society's relations with the universe. This paper attempts to redress this failure, arguing that human beings have been

Outer Space Religion and the Overview Effect: A Critical Inquiry into a Classic of the Pro-Space Movement

The Overview Effect by Frank White (1987) aims at creating a “philosophy of space” for the American space program and the pro-space movement. As such, it has become something of a classic. It

Alienation, the Cosmos and the Self

This paper is concerned with the alienation between the self and the cosmos. On the one hand, the binaries involved in this process (including the division between society and nature and between

Defragmenting Nature: Themes in Peter Dickens’s Work

In this chapter, I outline what I see as the key themes infusing Peter Dickens’s work. This work has spanned a huge range of topics, including housing, nationalism, the city, social class,

Cosmologies and Regionalisms from ‘Above’ and ‘Below’ in the post-cold war Americas: the Relevance of Karl Polanyi for the 21st century

Abstract Drawing on a Polanyian analysis of the land question, this article aims to analyse both Western and Indigenous cosmologies of Abya Yala—the name that indigenous peoples give to the American

One giant leap for capitalistkind: private enterprise in outer space

Outer space is becoming a space for capitalism. We are entering a new era of the commercialization of space, geared towards generating profits from satellite launches, space tourism, asteroid mining,

Leader psychobiography and social movement studies: a Kleinian case study of Bruce Gagnon and the outer space protection movement.

This paper begins by highlighting the necessity of combining sociological and psychoanalytic approaches in the study of social movements, but acknowledges that psychobiographical studies of prominent

The paradoxes of space tourism*

ABSTRACT Space tourism is widely considered to be the next step in the expansion of tourism. In this article, I focus on several paradoxes inherent in the long-range development of space travel and

Reimagining Near-Earth Space Policy in a Post-COVID World (preprint)

Our planet and our species are at an existential crossroads. In the long term, climate change threatens to upend life as we know it, while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic revealed that the world is

Geopolitical Imaginaries of the Space Shuttle Mission Patches

ABSTRACT This paper engages with the (geo)political imaginaries of the Space Shuttle mission patches, through a consideration of the iconography they contain. Each Space Shuttle mission had a unique



Visuality, mobility and the cosmopolitan: inhabiting the world from afar.

The multiple forms of mobility that expand people's awareness of the wider world and their capacity to compare different places are described and one particular version of that transformation--seeing the world from afar, especially in the form of images of the earth seen from space--is explored.

Societies; evolutionary and comparative perspectives

The focus in this volume is on the most comprehensive unit ordinarily studied by sociologists, i.e., the total society, and a broad and tentative schema that divides the evolution of societies into 3 stages--primitive, intermediate, and modern--is presented.

The Modern World-System

In order to describe the origins and initial workings of a world system, I have had to argue a certain conception of a world-system. A world-system is a social system, one that has boundaries,

Book Review: Society and Nature: Changing our Environment, Changing Ourselves

Derek Bell is a lecturer in political thought at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. His main research interests are in the relationship between liberal political theory and environmental

"From the Native's Point of View": On the Nature of Anthropological Understanding

At the Annual Meeting in May 1974, the American Academy awarded its first Social Science Prize to Clifford Geertz for his significant contributions to social anthropology. Mr. Geertz has taught at

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

This writer who has warned us of the “ideological” function of both the oeuvre and the author as unquestioned forms of discursive organization has gone quite far in constituting for both these

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

For nineteenth-century Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, the Italian Renaissance was nothing less than the beginning of the modern world - a world in which flourishing individualism and the

Self and Society: Narcissism, Collectivism, and the Development of Morals

Preface Part I. A Theory of Personality: 1. Personality theory: the three faces of psyche 2. Emotion: a missing link between psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural psychology? 3. The structure and

The Dignity of Man

E W expressions call forth the nod of assent and put an end to analysis as readily as "the dignity of man." It sounds wholesome and real, and its utterance easily quiets our critical faculties.

Intimations of postmodernity

Introduction: Re-enchantment of the world, or how can one narrate postmodernity? 1. Legislators and interpreters: Culture as the ideology of intellectuals, 2. Sociological Responses to Postmodernity,