SpringerBriefs in Space Development

Social Foundations of Human Space Exploration

Authors: Dator, James A.

  • This book looks at space activities from the point of view of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and in an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and historical/futures-oriented perspective

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This title presents a uniquely human perspective on the quest to explore space and to understand the universe through the lens of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It considers early stories about the universe in various cultures; recent space fiction; the origins and cultural rationale for the space age; experiences of humans in space and their emerging interactions with robots and artificial intelligence; how humans should treat environments and alien life; and the alternative futures of space exploration and settlement.

About the authors

Jim Dator is Professor and Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu. He has been Co-Chair of the Space and Society Division of the International Space University, Strasbourg, France, since 1994. He also taught at Rikkyo University (Tokyo, for six years), the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, the University of Toronto, and the InterUniversity Consortium for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.

He is a Danforth Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and Fulbright Fellow.

His main areas of interest are political futures studies (especially the forecasting of alternative futures and the design of preferred futures of governance, law, education, and technology); space and society, especially the design of governance systems for space settlements; the political-economic futures of North America, the Pacific Island region, and east Asia, especially Japan and Korea; and media production and the politics of media, and the effects of media on political and other human relations and consciousness.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Foundations of Human Space Exploration
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Space Development
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
James A. Dator
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-3094-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-3094-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-3093-3
Series ISSN
2191-8171
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 107
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 illustrations in colour
Topics