1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication

Edited By Zlatan Krajina, Deborah Stevenson Copyright 2020

    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.

    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



    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.