In Scientific Cooperation with Daina Teters
Edited By Zdzislaw Wasik
Richard L. Lanigan: On homeworld and community models of the city: The communicology of egocentric and sociocentric cultures in urban semiotics 11
Richard L. Lanigan INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICOLOGY INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON, DC On homeworld and community models of the city: The communicology of egocentric and sociocentric cultures in urban semiotics1 1. The city as embodiment City is a name that constitutes both a consciousness and experience for me, as it does for every person. I first became conscious of the notion of a city when, at age nine, I declared my ability, as Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914, U.S. philosopher, mathematician, and physicist) would say – my capacity, to take a public transit bus by myself into the downtown section of the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, then as now, part of the United States of America since statehood in 1912. My father, Richard Sr., was the first baby born in the new State which has forever officially tied my family with that sense of local place called home. With an assumed adult consciousness, I was confident that my child’s body could take care of itself without parental supervision. The consciousness of that unknown alien reality of getting on the bus, which became the experience of a known actuality of riding the bus, forever transformed by sense of lived embodiment. At the time, I did not realize that I was a living embodiment of one of the major model for defining a city, namely the Kinetic-Chronemic Field Model in which a city and it domain are measured by how far a person 1 The present paper is a substantially expanded, revised, and updated version of...
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