This Companion provides an authoritative source for scholars and students of the nascent field of media geography. While it has deep roots in the wider discipline, the consolidation of media geography has started only in the past decade, with the creation of media geography’s first dedicated journal, Aether, as well as the publication of the sub-discipline’s first textbook. However, at present there is no other work which provides a comprehensive overview and grounding. By indicating the sub-discipline’s evolution and hinting at its future, this volume not only serves to encapsulate what geographers have learned about media but also will help to set the agenda for expanding this type of interdisciplinary exploration. The contributors-leading scholars in this field, including Stuart Aitken, Deborah Dixon, Derek McCormack, Barney Warf, and Matthew Zook-not only review the existing literature within the remit of their chapters, but also articulate arguments about where the future might take media geography scholarship. The volume is not simply a collection of individual offerings, but has afforded an opportunity to exchange ideas about media geography, with contributors making connections between chapters and developing common themes.
’Experiences of place and space in our world are saturated with a multiplicity of visual, sound, and communications media. Experience of these media, in turn, are always grounded in the places and spaces of human life.This book is a peerless guide to the complex worlds of media geography that result. Bringing together a wonderful array of the best writings and authors in this crucial and fast-growing field, the authors have produced an incisive and elegant book which explores - in sites from malls to skyscrapers, homes to haunted houses - how material space and mediated world intersect to produce the geographies of today's world.’ Stephen Graham, Newcastle University, UK ’This is an excellent volume with both new and well-recognized voices. The editors have assembled state-of-the-art reflections that extend from traditional to novel objects of analysis. Together the contributions help us understand the best insights of the field’s representational turn� while simultaneously opening up a space for a Media Geography that is material, corporeal, and even non-representational.’ John Paul Jones III, University of Arizona, USA ' … this companion highlights relatively new phenomena, such as space and video games, places of graffiti, and telemediated sociability, or what we know as social Media … In terms of methodology, arguments, and agenda, The Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography is substantial and meaningful'. LSE Review of Books 'There are a host of useful transatlantic examples as well as intriguing theoretical constructs--enough to both tell us where the field is, and where it may be going next. All told, this is a fascinating and mind-stretching collection and I have only hinted at what lies within.' Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Contents: Introduction: geographies of media, Paul C. Adams, Jim Craine and Jason Dittmer. Part I Media: Photography, Steven Hoelscher; Film, Deborah Dixon; Radio, Alasdair Pinkerton; Comic books, Jason Dittmer; Stamps and the postal system, Pauliina Raento; Dance, Derek McCormack; Video games, James Ash; The internet, Darren Purcell. Part II Places: Places of mediated nature, David Lulka; Bodies, Julie Cupples; Places of interiority, Stuart C. Aitken; Syncretic (s)p[l]aces, Giorgio Hadi Curti and Tamara M. Johnson; Haunted places, Colin Gardner; Advertising place, Jim Craine, Chris Dando and Ron Davidson; Places of graffiti, John Finn. Part III Spaces: Spaces of the word, Paul C. Adams; Spaces of mediated sound, Michael Bull; Spaces of telemediated sociability, Barney Warf; Spaces of volunteered geographic information, Ate Poorthuis and Matthew Zook; Spaces of affect, Paul Simpson; Spaces of mediated performance, Katrinka Somdahl-Sands and Paul C. Adams; Spaces of media capital, Brett Christophers. Index.