Meanings, Practices, Interactions
How human meanings, practices and interactions produce and are produced by urban space is the focus of this timely and exciting addition to the study of urban communication.
Challenging notions of the ‘urban’ as physically, economically or technologically determined, this book explores key intersections of discourse, materiality, technology, mobility, identity and inequality in acts of communication across urban and urbanizing contexts. From leisure and media consumption among Chinese migrant workers in a Guangdong village to the diverse networks and communication infrastructures of global cities like London and Los Angeles, this collection combines a range of perspectives to ask fundamental questions about the significance and status of cities in times of intensified mediation and connectivity.
With case studies from Italy, Britain, Ireland, Russia, the United States and China, this international collection demonstrates that both empirical and critical knowledge on the relationship between communication and urban life has become vital across the humanities and social sciences.
Communicating the City will be essential reading for all scholars and students who desire to gain an in-depth understanding of the multiple roles that media and communication have in lived experiences of the city.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2017. XXX, 216 pp.
- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
- Advance Praise for Communicating the City
- This eBook can be cited
- List of Figures
- Foreword (Susan Drucker / Gary Gumpert)
- Imagining, Making, and Sharing The City
- The Book’s Chapters
- Walter Benjamin: Flânerie and Urban Journalism
- From Flâneur to Reporter: Planning Utopia and the Idea of The City
- What is The Smart City?
- Techno-Entrepreneurial Smart City
- Intelligence-Enabling Smart City
- The Experience of Space
- The weaving of Main Street
- Revisiting Figuration through American Gothic
- Resurfacing “Foreign” Faces on Fairfield Square
- Reorienting East and West
- Leisure spaces, villages, urbanization
- First phase: Shared spaces, shared media
- Second phase: Shared gathering, individual consumption
- Third phase: Atomized leisure, networked individuals
- Conclusions: Textures, Weddings and Proxies
- The Way Foursquare Works
- Theoretical Background
- Doing Location
- Icarus Ascending
- From No. 2 to No. 7, via No. 5
- Methodologies and Interdisciplinarities
- Icarus Descending
- Icarus on The Ground
- Components of Urban Communities’ Communication Infrastructure
- Integration into the Local Storytelling Network as Indicator of Communication Capital
- Media in urban communities’ communication infrastructure
- The role of local community organizations in the communication infrastructure
- The role of the communication infrastructure in civic engagement
- Communication infrastructure and urban communities’ health and wellbeing
- The Interaction of the Storytelling Network and the Communication Action Context, and the Emergence of a “Field of Action”
- Addressing interethnic communication divides and building civic engagement
- Reducing health disparities in urban communities
- Cultural Context: Situating The Chapter
- Making Space for Communicative Difference in Theories of Citizenship
- Challenging Understandings of Speech-as-Language
- Sign Language and Everyday Forms of Citizenship
- Expressions of Deaf Citizenship: Processes of Disruption and Difference
- “One Country, Two Systems”
- Hong Kong’s City Logics
- Digital Media as Shaming Apparatus
- Surreptitious Image Capture
- User-Generated Video Production
- The Shaming Apparatus and Failures of Hospitality
- Coda: “Positive” Rearticulations of Hong Kong Identity
- The Three Contexts: Barcelona, Berlin, St. Petersburg
- Challenging conventional artistic spaces
- Artistification of routinized spaces
- Intimization of the city space
- Triggering creative attitudes toward space
- Constructing a unique identity for the particular space
- Enforcing deterrence culture in space
- Blending communal and professional images of the cohabitation place
- Combining formal and informal dimensions of social space
- Mixing representation spaces
- Community Asset-Mapping and Communication
- Researching The Field
- Mobilizing community institutions as communication assets
- Online social networking as place-making, ethnic media, and local press
- Face-to-face communication: Engagement across difference
- Notes on Contributors
- Series index
Notes on Contributors
Giorgia Aiello is Associate Professor and Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the nexus of difference and globalization in visual imagery and the urban built environment. She has published widely on the aesthetics of urban regeneration, urban communication research methods, and promotional communication in British, American, and European cities.
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