“Digital culture” reflects the ways in which the ubiquity and increasing use of digital devices and infrastructures is changing the arenas of human experience, creating new cultural realities. Whereas much of the existing literature on digital culture addresses the topic through a sociological, anthropological, or media theoretic lens, this book focuses on its geographic aspects.
The first section, “infrastructures and networked practices” highlights the integration of digital technologies into everyday practices in very different historical and geographical contexts—ranging from local lifeworlds, urban environments, web cartographies up to global geopolitics. The second section on “subjectivities and identities” shows how digital technology use possesses the capacity to alter the subjective, perceptive, and affective engagement with the spatial world. Finally, “politics and inequalities” investigates the social and spatial disparities concerning digital technology and its use.
This book draws attention to the deep interconnectedness of the cultural, digital, and spatial aspects of everyday practices by referring to a broad range of empirical examples taken from tourism, banking, mobility, and health. Scholars in human geography, anthropology, media and communication studies, and history will find this research indispensable reading. It addresses both young and seasoned researchers as well as advanced students in the aforementioned disciplines. The wealth of examples also makes this publication helpful in academic teaching.
1 Geographies of digital culture: an introduction TILO FELGENHAUER AND KARSTEN GÄBLER
2 Telegraphy and global space ROLAND WENZLHUEMER
3 Using social media as a big data source for research: the example of ambient geospatial information (AGI) in tourism geography MICHAEL BAUDER
4 Regionalization revisited: mediatization of translocal social practices and the spatial reconfiguration of life in rural–urban Bangladesh HARALD STERLY
5 The everyday reality of a digitalizing world: driving and geocaching MIKE DUGGAN
6 The emerging hegemony of cybernetic class n realities: the non-place of Generation Z PAUL MONTUORO AND MARGARET ROBERTSON
7 From map reading to geobrowsing: methodological reconsiderations for geomedia PABLO ABEND
8 Digital divides in the twenty-first century United States BARNEY WARF
9 The diffusion of information technologies in the Brazilian banking system and the indebtedness of low-income population FABIO BETIOLI CONTEL
10 Digital health mapping: big data utilization and user involvement in public health surveillance ANNIKA RICHTERICH
The Routledge Research in Culture, Space and Identity Series offers a forum for original and innovative research within cultural geography and connected fields. Titles within the series are empirically and theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic and captivating topics. This series provides a forum for cutting edge research and new theoretical perspectives that reflect the wealth of research currently being undertaken. This series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, research students and academics, appealing to geographers as well as the broader social sciences, arts and humanities.