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Space which admits of, or is revealed as having, multiple uses and meanings, which overlap in time and space. Crang (2000) City 4, 3) outlines the case for seeing space as fluid, folded in complex dimensions, and eventful. Wilson (AAG Annual Meeting2007) contends that flexible spaces are thoroughly integrated into global circuits of capital, while Hsu and Lin (AAG Annual Meeting2007) demonstrate the contradictory and conflictual nature of the socio-spatial relations which underlie the production of flexible space, questioning the possibility of successfully creating such spaces. ICT and the developing knowledge-based economy are driving forces for a more flexible space. Thus, cyberspace creates and sustains an increasingly ambient virtual space ‘that is still flexible enough for individuals and communities to appropriate their share—especially as the opportunities to acquire technologies and the skills to develop and use them broaden’ (R. Murthy (2006) First Monday, Spec. Issue 4).

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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