1st Edition

Communicative Constructions and the Refiguration of Spaces Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Studies

    300 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Through a variety of empirical studies, this volume offers fresh insights into the manner in which different forms of communicative action transform urban space. With attention to the methodological questions that arise from the attempt to study such changes empirically, it offers new theoretical foundations for understanding the social construction and reconstruction of spaces through communicative action. Seeing communicative action as the basic element in the social construction of reality and conceptualizing communication not only in terms of the use of language and texts, but as involving any kind of objectification, such as technologies, bodies and non-verbal signs, it considers the roles of both direct and mediatized (or digitized) communication. An examination of the conceptualization of the communicative (re-)construction of spaces and the means by which this change might be empirically investigated, this book demonstrates the fruitfulness of the notion of refiguration as a means by which to understand the transformation of contemporary societies. As such, it will appeal to sociologists, social theorists, and geographers with interests in social construction and urban space.

    Part I: Introduction

    1. Introduction. Communicative Constructions and the Refiguration
    of Spaces

    Gabriela B. Christmann, Hubert Knoblauch, and Martina Löw

    Part II: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches

    2. From the Constitution to the Communicative Construction of Space

    Hubert Knoblauch and Silke Steets

    3. The Symbolic Construction of Spaces: Perspectives from a Sociology-of-Knowledge Approach to Discourse

    Reiner Keller

    4. Digital Media, Data Infrastructures, and Space: The Refiguration of Society in Times of Deep Mediatization

    Andreas Hepp

    5. Cities, Regions, and Landscapes as Augmented Realities: Refiguration of Space(s) through Digital Information Technologies

    Gertraud Koch

    6. The Theoretical Concept of the Communicative (Re)Construction of Spaces

    Gabriela B. Christmann

    7. Eliciting Space: Methodological Considerations in Analyzing Communicatively Constructed Spaces

    Martina Löw and Séverine Marguin

    Part III: Empirical Studies

    8. Digital Urban Planning and Urban Planners’ Mediatized Construction of Spaces

    Gabriela B. Christmann, Martin Schinagl

    9. Centers of Coordination Refigured? Control of Synthetic Space

    René Tuma and Arne Janz

    10. Architectures of Asylum: Negotiating Home-making through Concrete Spatial Strategies

    Philipp Misselwitz and Anna Steigemann

    11. Over the Counter. Configuration and Refiguration of Ticket-Sales Conversation through Institutional Architectures-for-Interaction

    Heiko Hausendorf

    12. Innovation and Communication: Spatial Pioneers and the Negotiation of New Ideas

    Anika Noack and Tobias Schmidt

    13. Talking about Hip Places: Imaginaries and Power among East-German Reinventions of Urban Culture

    Hans-Joachim Bürkner

    14. A Systemic Model of Communication in Spatial Planning

    Ursula Stein


    Gabriela Christmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin and Head of the Research Department ‘Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development’ at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Germany.

    Hubert Knoblauch is Professor of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. He is the author of PowerPoint, Communication, and the Knowledge Society, the co-author of Videography: Introduction to Interpretive Videoanalysis of Social Situations, and the co-editor of Social Constructivism as Paradigm? and Culture, Communication, and Creativity: Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society.

    Martina Löw is Professor of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. She is the author of The Sociology of Space and co-editor of Spatial Sociology: Relational Space after the Turn.