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Urban Communication Reader IV

Cities as Communicative Change Agents


Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler

Today, the world is facing climate change, wealth inequality, housing crises, food shortages, mass migration, and now a global health pandemic. Cities are at the heart of both these problems and their solutions. Urban communication scholars are well-poised to examine the change initiatives that are both caused and inspired by such complex problems. This volume provides a collection of urban communication research focused on how examining change through the lens of communication provides unique processual understandings of cities as dynamic sites formed through the interplay between concrete cases and conceptual ideas. The first section, Change through Institutional Intervention, addresses how diverse societal institutions—including policy, regulation, planning, and voluntary arts—interplay with changes in our urban communities. The second section, Change in Place and through Space, explores various ways in which spaces and places are able to transform through communicative practice, specifically focusing on how space and place provide unique frames for communicating change and influencing interaction in cities. The third section, Change through Participation and Engagement, collectively draws attention to the ways that public participation and engagement are utilized in cities in ways that enhance the communication both within and about them, focusing specifically on how this happens globally in teaching and learning environments, community planning partnerships, industrial site redevelopment projects, and approaches to food sovereignty in urban agricultural initiatives.
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Carolin Aronis (Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) is a Postdoctoral Scholar and a Visiting Lecturer of Communication Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research is placed at the intersection of media ecology, rhetoric/discourse, and identity politics. In her work, she explores the essence and practice of communication in sites that bridge distances between places, realms, cultures, and identities. She uses interdisciplinary methodologies in order to study both “traditional” and less “traditional” media, like architecture, violent artifacts, and rocks. Currently, she is working on a monograph on liminal architecture as social media in the city. Her work on the history and politics of the Tel Aviv balcony has been published in academic venues and covered by mainstream media.

Shubhda Arora (Ph.D., Mudra Institute of Communications, India) is a Media Sociologist currently working as an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, after completing her doctoral degree in Communication for Social Change from MICA, Ahmedabad, India. Most of her research and publication is in the area of Environmental and Disaster Communication. She has been associated as a guest researcher with the Central European University in Budapest, Freie University in Berlin and the University of Chile, Santiago.

Solón Calero (Ph.D., Universidad del Valle-Cali, Colombia) is a Professor of Communication Studies at Universidad Autónoma de Occidente de Cali in Colombia. Solón’s research work has been developed along the lines of communication processes and cultural practices as he...

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