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Social Science Human Geography

Sensing Changes

Technologies, Environments, and the Everyday, 1953-2003

by (author) Joy Parr

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2010
Human Geography, Post-Confederation (1867-), Social History, Ecology
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    Jul 2010
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    Dec 2009
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Our bodies are archives of sensory knowledge that shape how we understand the world. If our environment changes at an unsettling pace, how will we make sense of a world that is no longer familiar? One of Canada's premier historians tackles this question by exploring situations in the recent past where state-driven megaprojects and regulatory and technological changes forced ordinary people to cope with transformations that were so radical that they no longer recognized their home and workplaces or, by implication, who they were. In concert with a ground-breaking, creative, and analytical website,, this timely study offers a prescient perspective on how humans make sense of a rapidly changing world.

About the author

Joy Parr is a Farley Endowed Professor of History at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of The Gender of Breadwinners, winner of the 1990 Macdonald Prize for the best work in Canadian history.

Joy Parr's profile page


  • Short-listed, The François-Xavier Garneau Medal, Canadian Historical Association
  • Winner, Sidney Edelstein Prize, Society for the History of Technology
  • Winner, Canada Prize in the Social Sciences, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Short-listed, Sir John A. Macdonald Book Prize, Canadian Historical Association

Editorial Reviews

The New Media component of Sensing Changes is a wonderful illustration of how we can and should engage our students in multi-sensory ways and how we, as historians, must move beyond privileging the written word.

Left History, 15.1

Historian and geographer Joy Parr has written an extraordinary book…Sensing Changes will make important contributions to the field of sensory studies and that other readers, approaching their own topics in diverse locations and from various disciplinary backgrounds, will, like this reviewer, find edification and inspiration in the pages of this remarkable book.

Senses and Society, Vol 6, Issue 2

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