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Communicating the City

Meanings, Practices, Interactions


Edited By Giorgia Aiello, Matteo Tarantino and Kate Oakley

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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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.

Nikita Basov holds a PhD in Sociology and is both Scientific Manager of the Centre for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University—Bielefeld University) and Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Sociology of St. Petersburg State University. His research focuses on the coevolution of cultural and social structures, collective knowledge creation, and creativity in urban spaces.

Paolo Cardullo is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Programmable City project at Maynooth University, Ireland. Previously, he worked as Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also a photographer and amateur hacker. His research interests include digital sociology, gentrification, and surveillance, with methods rooted in ethnography, wireless technology, and art interventions. His publications can be found at his open access research diary, ← 207 | 208 →

Chung-Tai Cheng is Teaching Fellow in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research focuses on the social and normative implications of ICT use in contemporary Chinese societies. He has conducted ethnographic research on a new media movement in Hong Kong, with an emphasis...

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