Cities of Signs

Learning the Logic of Urban Spaces

by Andrew T. Hickey (Author)
Textbook XV, 143 Pages
Series: Minding the Media, Volume 5


Signs exist as fundamental markers of the urban landscape. Whether in the form of street signs offering directions, the airbrushed promises of advertising media or the vandalized détournements of street art, signs pervade urban spaces and provide a tangible ‘text’ upon which the logics of both cities and ourselves are written. Cities of Signs charts the way that signs exist as key elements of contemporary urban space, and explores what it means to live within these spaces, amongst cities of signs. This refreshing take on the way that urban space is lived and experienced is a timely contribution to the literature in urban studies, sociology and education alike. In decoding the cultural production at play in urban environments, Cities of Signs presents a dynamic approach to understanding how culture is produced and consumed within the cityscape.


XV, 143
ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
Cultural Studies advertising media street art culture Urban Sociology Urban Ethnography Media Studies Space
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XVI, 143 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Andrew T. Hickey (Author)

Andrew T. Hickey is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Social Theory at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is also the author of (Re)Presenting Education: Students, Teachers, Schools and the Public Imagination (with Jon Austin), a sociology of schooling and popular cultural representations of education.


Title: Cities of Signs