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Learning from Memory

Body, Memory and Technology in a Globalizing World

Editor(s): Bianca Maria Pirani, Ivan Varga

Book Description

This challenging book, with excellent contributions from international social scientists, focuses on the link between body and memory that specifically refers to the use of digital technologies. Neuroscientists know very well that human beings automatically and unconsciously organize their experience in their bodies into spatial units whose confines are established by changes in location, temporality and the interactive elements that determine it. Our memories might be less reliable than those of the average computer, but they are just as capacious, much more flexible, and even more user-friendly. The aim of the present book is to outline, by the body, what we know of the sociology of memory. The authors and editors believe that an analysis at the sociological level will prove valuable in throwing light on accounts of human behavior at the interpersonal and social level, and will play an important role in our capacity to understand the neurobiological factors that underpin the various types of memory.

This book is an ideal resource for advanced and postgraduate students in social sciences, as well as practitioners in the field of Information and Communication technologies. Scholarly and accessible in tone, Learning from Memory: Body, Memory and Technology in a Globalizing World will be read and enjoyed by members of the general public and the professional audience alike.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2884-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2884-X
Date of Publication: 01/05/2011
Pages / Size: 350 / A5
Price: £44.99


Bianca Maria Pirani, Professor of Sociology of Cultural Networks at the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Political Sciences, Communication, and Sociology, “Sapienza,” University of Rome, Italy, is President of the Research Committee 54 “The Body in the Social Sciences” of the International Sociological Association. She is an Editorial Board member of Sage Studies in International Sociology. She has published widely on the ever increasing insights into the relations between human bodies and social knowledge as the editor of the following publications: “Bodily Order. Mind, Emotion and Social Memory” in Current Sociology, vol. 53 n. 2 (Sage, 2006); The New Boundaries between Bodies and Technologies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008); Acting Bodies and Social Networks, Volume I: The Body as Social Icon and Volume II: Mapping Bodies in Networked Space (University Press of America). Her forthcoming book in Italian is The Body as Social Link: A Bridge between Memory and Technology.