Although there are human geographers who have previously written on matters of media and communication, and those in media and communication studies who have previously written on geographical issues, this is the first book-length dialogue in which experienced theorists and researchers from these different fields address each other directly and engage in conversation across traditional academic boundaries. The result is a compelling discussion, with the authors setting out statements of their positions before responding to the arguments made by others.
One significant aspect of this discussion is a spirited debate about the sort of interdisciplinary area that might emerge as a focus for future work. Does the already-established idea of communication geography offer the best way forward? If so, what would applied or critical forms of communication geography be concerned to do? Could communication geography benefit from the sorts of conjunctural analysis that have been developed in contemporary cultural studies? Might a further way forward be to imagine an interdisciplinary field of everyday-life studies, which would draw critically on non-representational theories of practice and movement?
Readers of Communications/Media/Geographies are invited to join the debate, thinking through such questions for themselves, and the themes that are explored in this book (for example, of space, place, meaning, power, and ethics) will be of interest not only to academics in human geography and in media and communication studies, but also to a wider range of scholars from across the humanities and social sciences.
Table of Contents
Part I: Positions
1. Communication geography: Pragmatic goals
2. Postcolonial spaces of discursive struggle in the convergent media environment
3. Critical communication geography: Space, recognition, and the dialectics of mediatization
4. Arguments for a non-media-centric, non-representational approach to media and place
Part II: Reflections
5. For an ethic of broader recognition
6. For representation and geographic specificity
7. For communication geography
8. For everyday-life studies
9. Parting thoughts
Paul C. Adams is Professor of Geography at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Julie Cupples is Reader in Human Geography and Co-director of the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Kevin Glynn teaches in the Media Studies program at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.
André Jansson is Professor of Media and Communication Studies and Director of the Geomedia Research Group at Karlstad University, Sweden.
Shaun Moores is Professor of Media and Communications at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK.