Postal Communication as a Social Network

  • Zef M. Segal


This chapter explores the geography of postal practices. The early nineteenth-century establishment of centralized state postal services, the expansion of literacy, and the reduction in paper and mailing costs gave rise to a popular and public postal system. This postal system and more importantly the people’s postal practices created epistolary spaces, which lay in-between a ‘real’ world of material infrastructures and institutions and an ‘imagined’ world, in which distances shrink and the far horizons seem near. Even more than the spaces of mobility described in Chapters  8 and  9, epistolary spaces are born of free will rather than physical, ideological, or imagined constraints; they define people’s ‘territory.’


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  • Zef M. Segal
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  1. 1.Open University of IsraelRa’ananaIsrael

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