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Communicative Cities in the 21st Century

The Urban Communication Reader III


Edited By Matthew D. Matsaganis, Victoria J. Gallagher and Susan J. Drucker

This book explores the concept of the «communicative city», developed initially by participants in an international Urban Communication Foundation initiative, by bringing together scholars from across the communication arts and sciences seeking to enhance our understanding of the dynamic relationship between urban residents and their social, physical, mediated, and built environments. The chapters are arranged in categories that speak to two larger themes: first, they all speak to at least one aspect of the qualifying and/or disqualifying characteristics of a communicative city. A second, larger theme is what we might refer to as a master trope of the urban experience and, indeed, of urban communication: inside/outside. The research presented here represents social scientific and humanistic approaches to communication, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and positivist/normative and interpretive orientations, thereby providing a deeper understanding of the multi-level phenomena that unfold in urban communities.


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This book grew out of the wonderful conversations, presentations, and com-munity developed in and through the Urban Communication Pre-Confer- ence Seminars held for a number of years in concert with the National Commu- nication Association annual conference. We wish to acknowledge our colleagues and students who participated in those events for their generosity of spirit, their commitment to inquiry about all things urban, and their willingness to partici- pate in marathon sessions devoted to ideas. We also wish to acknowledge and thank four individuals— Mr. Joshua Reeves and Drs. Kelly Norris Martin, Anna Turnage, and Jason Kalin—who assisted with logistics related to the Urban Communication pre-conference seminars, the man- uscripts, the index and the other organizational and administrative work needed to make a volume like this come to fruition. All four of these individuals worked on this project at various points during their doctoral studies in the Communica- tion, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State and added important insights to its development. We are thankful for their contributions and are grateful to acknowledge them as colleagues and friends. Drucker2.indd 9 05/06/13 8:27 PM Drucker2.indd 10 05/06/13 8:27 PM

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