This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of media geography, focusing on a range of different media viewed through the lenses of human geography and media theory. It addresses the spatial practices and processes associated with both old and new media, considering "media" not just as technologies and infrastructures, but also as networks, systems, and assemblages of things that come together to enable communication in the real world.
With contributions from academics specializing in geography and media studies, the Routledge Handbook of Media Geographies summarizes the recent developments in the field and explores key questions and challenges affecting various groups, such as women, minorities, and persons with visual impairment. It considers geographical aspects of disruptive media uses such as hacking, fake news, and racism. Written in an approachable style, chapters consider geographies of users, norms, rules, laws, values, attitudes, routines, customs, markets, and power-relations. They shed light on how mobile media make users vulnerable to tracking and surveillance but also facilitate innovative forms of mobility, space perception and placemaking. Structured in four distinct sections centered around ‘control and access to digital media’, ‘mass media’, ‘mobile media and surveillance’, and ‘media and the politics of knowledge’, the Handbook explores digital divides and other manifestations of the uneven geographies of power. It also includes an overview of the alternative social media universe created by the Chinese government.
Media geography is a burgeoning field of study that lies at the intersections of various social sciences, including human geography, political science, sociology, anthropology, communication/media studies, urban studies, and women and gender studies. Academics and students across these fields will greatly benefit from this Handbook.
Table of Contents
Barney Warf and Paul C. Adams
Part 1: Control and Access to Digital Media
2. Internet Censorship: Shaping the World’s Access to Cyberspace
3. Digital Divides
James B. Pick and Avijit Sarkar
4. Hacking in Digital Environments
5. The Internet Media in China
6. Digital Media and Persons with Visual Impairment or Blindness
Part 2: Mass Media
7. Newspapers: Geographic Research Approaches and Future Prospects
Paul C. Adams
8. Fake News: Mapping the Social Relations of Journalism’s Legitimation Crisis
9. Film Geography
10. Approaches to the Geographies of Television
11. Geographical Analysis of Streaming Video’s Power to Unite and Divide
Part 3: Mobile Media and Surveillance
12. Evolving Geographies of Mobile Communication
Ragan Glover-Rijkse and Adriana de Souza e Silva
13. Moving: Mediated Mobility and Placemaking
Roger Norum and Erika Polson
14. Geographies of Locative Apps
Peta Mitchell, Marcus Foth, Irina Anastasiu
15. Digital Surveillance and Place
Ellen van Holstein
Part 4: Media and the Politics of Knowledge
16. Race, Ethnicity, and the Media: Absence, Presence, and Socio-Spatial Reverberations
Douglas L. Allen and Derek H. Alderman
17. Nationalism, Popular Culture, and the Media
18. Eurocentrism/Orientalism in News Media
19. Sex, Gender, and Media
Marcia R. England
20. Media, Biomes, and Environmental Issues
Paul C. Adams is Professor of Geography at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is situated at the intersection of media studies, communication theory, and human geography. His work considers how socio-spatial perceptions, representations, actions, and infrastructures are intertwined through mediated communications.
Barney Warf is a professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching interests lie within the broad domain of human geography. His research includes telecommunications and political geography viewed through the lens of political economy and social theory. He edits Geojournal and co-edits Growth and Change.