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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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9 Locating Nihonmachi: Urban Erasure, Memory, and Visibility in Japantown, USA

Urban Place and Immigrant Space



Locating Nihonmachi

Urban Erasure, Memory, and Visibility In Japantown, USA*

Janis L. Edwards

Community is a key term in the interdisciplinary area of urban communication research. As urban communication focuses on communication change, this chapter considers change in the geographic and symbolic aspects of urban communication study. Urban communication studies stem from a set of paradigms that, in practice, highlight two concerns: the effects of media technologies in shaping and defining urban environments, and the symbolic aspects of cultural geography as translated to urban/suburban spaces. Each is concerned with communication patterns. Although issues of emergent communication technology as a mechanism for “augmented public space” have dominated the discussion, the function of “traditional” (pre-technological) cities, as Gumpert and Drucker (2007) have reminded us, is still crucial to understanding cities as places of community and common interest. Communities are “living organisms—self-maintaining, self-renewing, and self-transcending” (Barwind & Walters, 2007, p.194), but not intertwined in all ways with systems of advanced communication technologies. My concern with community in this chapter is one of the transformative power of memory in terms of place and place-identity. Like such scholars as Carragee (2007) and LaWare and Gallagher (2007), I address the traditional and geographic aspects of specific city places in order to tease out the dynamics ← 175 | 176 → of memory and the practices of commemoration and their impact on defining communities.

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