Communicative Constructions and the Refiguration of Spaces
Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Studies
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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 re-construction of spaces through communicative action. Seeing communicative action as the basic element in the social construction of reality and conceptualising 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 mediatised (or digitised) communication. An examination of the conceptualisation 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.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
1. Introduction. Communicative Constructions and the Refiguration
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
4. Digital Media, Data Infrastructures, and Space: The Refiguration of Society in Times of Deep Mediatization
5. Cities, Regions, and Landscapes as Augmented Realities: Refiguration of Space(s) through Digital Information Technologies
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
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
14. A Systemic Model of Communication in Spatial Planning
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 (IRS), Germany.
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.
Hubert Knoblauch is Professor of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. He is the author of Powerpoint, Communication, and the Knowledge Society and Social Constructivism as Paradigm, the co-author of Videography: Introduction to Interpretive Videoanalysis of Social Situations, and the co-editor of Culture, Communication, and Creativity: Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society.