1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Media Geographies

Edited By Paul C Adams, Barney Warf Copyright 2022
    286 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction

    Barney Warf and Paul C. Adams


    Part 1: Control and Access to Digital Media

    2. Internet Censorship: Shaping the World’s Access to Cyberspace

    Barney Warf

    3. Digital Divides

    James B. Pick and Avijit Sarkar

    4. Hacking in Digital Environments

    Mareile Kaufmann

    5. The Internet Media in China

    Xiang Zhang

    6. Digital Media and Persons with Visual Impairment or Blindness

    Susanne Zimmerman-Janschitz


    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

    James Compton

    9. Film Geography

    Elisabeth Sommerlad

    10. Approaches to the Geographies of Television

    James Craine

    11. Geographical Analysis of Streaming Video’s Power to Unite and Divide

    Irina Kopteva


    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

    Daniel Bos

    18. Eurocentrism/Orientalism in News Media

    Virginie Mamadouh

    19. Sex, Gender, and Media

    Marcia R. England

    20. Media, Biomes, and Environmental Issues

    Hunter Vaughan


    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.