New Book “How Outer Space Made America: Geography, Organization and the Cosmic Sublime”


How outer space made AmericaThis will be reviewed in a future issue of Space Policy!

From the Ashgate Webpage on this title:

“How Outer Space Made America: Geography, Organization and the Cosmic Sublime”

By Daniel Sage, Loughborough University, UK


Regular price: £60.00

Ashgate, November 2014

192 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4724-2366-5

In this innovatory book Daniel Sage analyses how and why American space exploration reproduced and transformed American cultural and political imaginations by appealing to, and to an extent organizing, the transcendence of spatial and temporal frontiers. In so doing, he traces the development of a seductive, and powerful, yet complex and unstable American geographical imagination: the ‘transcendental state’. Historical and indeed contemporary space exploration is, despite some recent notable exceptions, worthy of more attention across the social sciences and humanities. While largely engaging with the historical development of space exploration, it shows how contemporary cultural and social, and indeed geographical, research themes, including national identity, critical geopolitics, gender, technocracy, trauma and memory, can be informed by the study of space exploration.

Contents: Introducing a geography of outer space; America as transcendental; Framing a world beyond; Placing the moon; Technocracy in the space age; Whose body for whose future?; Was revolution ever in the air?; Memorializing the future; Traumatizing spaceflight; Critical cosmopolitics; References; Index.

About the Author: Daniel Sage is Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK.

Reviews: ‘It has long seemed to me that social scientists need to raise their eyes from the ground. In this splendid book, Dan Sage shows us why it is so important to look elsewhere for explanations of the present. Looking at outer space allows us to see our own organizations and politics more clearly, and also opens the possibility of enquiries into what we might become.’
Martin Parker, University of Leicester, UK

‘Daniel Sage’s How Outer Space made America is a theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich account of how America and Americans took to Space. Eschewing accounts that over-determine the militaristic, the nationalistic and the imperialistic, emphasis is given to the manner in which art, religion, popular culture, museums, political speeches and journalism helped to complicate this engagement with the vertical and cosmic frontiers of the United States. A really good read and a book that is as much a tale about outer space as it is a provocation to those interested in theorising geo-power, affect, and the transcendental state.’
Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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