The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication

1st Edition

Zlatan Krajina, Deborah Stevenson

Routledge
Published October 11, 2019
Reference - 488 Pages
ISBN 9780415792554 - CAT# Y319759

USD$220.00

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Summary

The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication traces central debates within the burgeoning interdisciplinary research on mediated cities and urban communication. The volume brings together diverse perspectives and global case studies to map key areas of research within media, cultural and urban studies, where a joint focus on communications and cities has made important innovations in how we understand urban space, technology, identity and community.

Exploring the rise and growing complexity of urban media and communication as the next key theme for both urban and media studies, the book gathers and reviews fast-developing knowledge on specific emergent phenomena such as:

  • reading the city as symbol and text;
  • understanding urban infrastructures as media (and vice-versa);
  • the rise of global cities;
  • urban and suburban media cultures: newspapers, cinema, radio, television and the mobile phone;
  • changing spaces and practices of urban consumption;
  • the mediation of the neighbourhood, community and diaspora;
  • the centrality of culture to urban regeneration;
  • communicative responses to urban crises such as racism, poverty and pollution;
  • the role of street art in the negotiation of ‘the right to the city’;
  • city competition and urban branding;
  • outdoor advertising;
  • moving image architecture;
  • ‘smart’/cyber urbanism;
  • the emergence of Media City production spaces and clusters.

Charting key debates and neglected connections between cities and media, this book challenges what we know about contemporary urban living and introduces innovative frameworks for understanding cities, media and their futures. As such, it will be an essential resource for students and scholars of media and communication studies, urban communication, urban sociology, urban planning and design, architecture, visual cultures, urban geography, art history, politics,

cultural studies, anthropology and cultural policy studies, as well as those working with governmental agencies, cultural foundations and institutes, and policy think tanks.

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