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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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About the Contributors


Mary Ann Allison (Ph.D., New York University) is Associate Professor of Jour- nalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. As an interdis- ciplinary scholar, she uses media theory, sociology, and complex systems theory to study the ways in which individuals, communities, and institutions are chang- ing. She conducts research sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation and The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. She is the Principal Investigator for a longitudinal study of community revitalization in the hamlet of New Cassel on Long Island (New York). Dr. Allison teaches Media Studies in the School of Communication and is writing a book on new media and society. Gene Burd (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Associate Professor of Journal- ism, University of Texas-Austin. He is a former journalist at Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle, Albuquerque Journal and suburban and small town newspapers in Michigan and suburban Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as a City planning and urban consultant in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver. Professor Burd is also the Founding Benefactor of the Urban Communication Foundation and the Institute for Media and politics in Los Angeles. His research has appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism History, International Communication Gazette, Nation’s Cities, National Civic Review, Quill, Grassroots Editor, Urban Af- Drucker2.indd 245 05/06/13 8:28 PM 246 | About the Contributors fairs Annual Reviews, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Mass Comm Review, Me- dia Ethics, Journalism Educator, and College Press...

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