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The Communication Ecology of 21st Century Urban Communities


Edited By Yong-Chan Kim, Matthew D. Matsaganis, Holley A. Wilkin and Joo-Young Jung

The Communication Ecology of 21st Century Urban Communities addresses the questions of whether it (still) matters what neighborhood individuals live in and if it is still necessary and possible for city dwellers to build and maintain place-based communities.

The book’s contributors address how urban communities are formed, reformed, and transformed from a communication infrastructure theory perspective. Through the lens of this theory, communication is defined as a fundamental social process by which cities are sustained and changed over time. The chapters in this book elaborate the theoretical and methodological frameworks of the communication infrastructure theory approach; articulate theory-driven and multi-method frameworks for the study of the city; and speak to pressing, contemporary, research- and policy-related challenges (or questions).

The broad array of issues addressed within this volume is expected to draw the interest not only of communication researchers and professionals, but also of students, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from a variety of backgrounds and with an interest in different aspects of life in the city, including: public health, technology, civic engagement, and urban planning and design.

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Contributor Biographies


Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach is Professor of Communication and Sociology in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. She is the founder of the Metamorphosis Project and a Fellow of The International Communication Association, The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center, and a Fulbright Fellow. Sandra is the recipient of multiple mentorship awards, and Principal Investigator of numerous research grants for inquiries into the communication dynamics of diverse urban communities.

Garrett M. Broad is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City and the author of More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change (2016). His research investigates how media and storytelling shape contemporary communities and networked movements for social and environmental justice. An engaged scholar, he also develops collaborative research projects in conjunction with community-based organizations.

Nien-Tsu Nancy Chen (PhD, University of Southern California) is Assistant Professor of Communication at California State University Channel Islands. Her teaching and research focus on the effects of multilevel communication on civic engagement and health promotion. In May 2016, Dr. Chen received the annual Outstanding Community Engaged Faculty Award from CSUCI ← 247 | 248 → for her dedication to fostering student engagement with grassroots organizations and local communities.

Lewis A. Friedland is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is affiliated with the...

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