Further Reading: Space in the Laboratory

Our discussion of the distinction between "place" and "space" draws upon Michel de Certeau's essay "Spatial Stories," in The Practice of Everyday Life (Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press, 2002). De Certeau was, in turn, influenced by Maurice Merleau-Ponty's treatment of space in The Phenomenology of Perception (New York and London: Routledge, 2002).

Although not directly drawn on in this case study, other important works on space include Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space (London: Blackwell Publishing, 1991) and Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space (Boston: Beacon Press, 1994). The analysis of space in Bruno Latour and Steven Woolgar's Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986) remains one of the first in contemporary cultural studies of science. Manuel Castells' description of the "space of flows" can be found in The Rise of the Network Society, Volume 1 of The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture (London: Blackwell Publishing, 2000). In this volume, Castells introduces the concept of "real virtuality."