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The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication

ISBN 9780415792554
Published October 11, 2019 by Routledge
506 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication traces central debates within the burgeoning interdisciplinary research on mediated cities and urban communication. The volume brings together diverse perspectives and global case studies to map key areas of research within media, cultural and urban studies, where a joint focus on communications and cities has made important innovations in how we understand urban space, technology, identity and community.

Exploring the rise and growing complexity of urban media and communication as the next key theme for both urban and media studies, the book gathers and reviews fast-developing knowledge on specific emergent phenomena such as:

  • reading the city as symbol and text;
  • understanding urban infrastructures as media (and vice-versa);
  • the rise of global cities;
  • urban and suburban media cultures: newspapers, cinema, radio, television and the mobile phone;
  • changing spaces and practices of urban consumption;
  • the mediation of the neighbourhood, community and diaspora;
  • the centrality of culture to urban regeneration;
  • communicative responses to urban crises such as racism, poverty and pollution;
  • the role of street art in the negotiation of ‘the right to the city’;
  • city competition and urban branding;
  • outdoor advertising;
  • moving image architecture;
  • ‘smart’/cyber urbanism;
  • the emergence of Media City production spaces and clusters.

Charting key debates and neglected connections between cities and media, this book challenges what we know about contemporary urban living and introduces innovative frameworks for understanding cities, media and their futures. As such, it will be an essential resource for students and scholars of media and communication studies, urban communication, urban sociology, urban planning and design, architecture, visual cultures, urban geography, art history, politics,

cultural studies, anthropology and cultural policy studies, as well as those working with governmental agencies, cultural foundations and institutes, and policy think tanks.

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Part I: Trajectories of Mediated Urbanity

Chapter One: An Archaeology of the Media City: Towards a Critical Cultural History of

Mediated Urbanism

Chapter Two: The Semiotics of Urban Space

Chapter Three: Understanding Urban Screen Media and Cultures

Chapter Four: Urban Cinema and Photography: On Cities and "Cityness"

Chapter Five: Television and the City

Chapter Six: Journalism: An Urban Affair

Chapter Seven: Outdoor Advertising and the Remediation of Public Space(s):

Commercialization and Beyond

Chapter Eight: Consumption-centered Urban Restructuring and the Mediation of Urban Life:

From Spaces of Production to the Worlds of Seduction

Chapter Nine: On the Move: On Mobile Agoras, Networked Selves, and the Contemporary


Chapter Ten: Cities of Feet and Hands: Urban Habitations

Chapter Eleven: Subjectivity in the Media City: The Media Life and Representation of the Cosmopolitan Stranger

Part II: Media as Urban Infrastructure; City Spaces as Media

Chapter Twelve: The City Is Not a Computer: On Museums, Libraries, and Archives

Chapter Thirteen: Urban Monuments and the Spatialization of National Ideologies

Chapter Fourteen: Artificial Light and the Modernist Redefinition of Urban Space: Reading

the "Electropolis"

Chapter Fifteen: Urban Transport and Telecommunications: Dual Forms of the

Communicative Skeleton of the City

Chapter Sixteen: Global Cities as Mediated Spaces: The Role of Media in Forming

Contradictory Places

Chapter Seventeen: Our Own Devices: Living in the Smart Home

Chapter Eighteen: Surveillance as an Urban Way of Life

Chapter Nineteen: Urban Media as Infrastructure for Social Change

Chapter Twenty: In the Air Tonight: The Struggles of Communicating About Urban

Environmental Quality

Chapter Twenty-One: The Promises and Pitfalls of Cyber Urbanism: Governance and


Chapter Twenty-Two: Tools of the Trade: Urban Planning, Urban Media, and theRefashioning of Urban Space

Part III: Media Cities as Sites of Creative Industries and Post-Industrial Urbanism

Chapter Twenty-Three: From "Creative Cities" to "Media Cities": The Cases of Manchester

and Shanghai

Chapter Twenty-Four: Branding, Promotion, and Urban Tourism

Chapter Twenty-Five: "European Capital of Culture" and the Primacy of Cultural

Infrastructure in Post-Industrial Urbanism

Chapter Twenty-Six: The Mediat(izat)ion of Urban Leisure: Screening the Event

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Media Architecture: Post screens, Ante [Insert here]

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Fashion: An Urban Industry of Style

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Digital Public Art: Installations and Interventions

Chapter Thirty: Urban Nightlife Cultures

Chapter Thirty-One: Urban Gaming: Mobile Media, Spatial Practices and Everyday Play

Chapter Thirty-Two: From Subculture to Scene: Urban Media Practices from Below

Chapter Thirty-Three: Documenting Urban Neighborhoods and Claiming the Right to the City

Part IV: Spaces and Practices of Daily Life in Mediated Cities

Chapter Thirty-Four: The Senses and the City: Attention, Distraction and Media Technology

in Urban Environments

Chapter Thirty-Five: Navigating Hybrid Urban Spaces: Smartphones and Locative Media


Chapter Thirty-Six: Media Audiences in the Urban Context

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Temporary Inscriptions: Exploring Graffiti and Street Art in the Age of

Internetization of Everyday Urban Life

Chapter Thirty-Eight: Creating a Situation in the City: Embodied Spaces and the Act of

Crossing Boundaries

Chapter Thirty-Nine: Mediated Urban Protest: Practicing Dissent in Hybrid City Spaces

Chapter Forty: Community, Media, and the City

Chapter Forty-One: "The Street is the Message": Racial Violence and the White Control of


Chapter Forty-Two: Living in the Disadvantaged End of "Dual Cities": Understanding the

Urban Poor and the Precariat

Chapter Forty-Three: The Politics of Sexuality in Mediated Cities

Chapter Forty-Four: Methodological Approaches in Urban Media and Communication


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Zlatan Krajina is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he teaches graduate courses on media cities, media audiences and qualitative methodologies.

Deborah Stevenson is Professor of Sociology and Urban Cultural Research in the Institute of Culture and Society at the Western Sydney University, Australia.