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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Aiello, Giorgia, editor. | Tarantino, Matteo, editor. | Oakley, Kate, editor. Title: Communicating the city: meanings, practices, interactions / edited by Giorgia Aiello, Matteo Tarantino, Kate Oakley. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Series: Urban communication; vol. 4 | ISSN 2153-1404 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016040473 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3098-4 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3097-7 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1902-6 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3751-8 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3752-5 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Cities and towns. | City planning—Technological innovations. Gentrification. | Public spaces. | Communication. Classification: LCC HT151 .C626 2017 | DDC 307.76—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/978-1-4539-1902-6

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