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[Commlist] The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place

Wed Feb 12 16:04:42 GMT 2020

We would like to announce a new publication from New York University Press, which we hope will be of interest.

*The Digital City***

Media and the Social Production of Place

*Germaine R. Halegoua***


Every day, millions of people turn to small handheld screens to search for their destinations and to seek recommendations for places to visit. They may share texts or images of themselves and these places en route or after their journey is complete. We don’t consciously reflect on these activities and probably don’t associate these practices with constructing a sense of place. Critics have argued that digital media alienates users from space and place, but this book argues that the exact opposite is true: that we habitually use digital technologies to re-embed ourselves within urban environments.


/The Digital City/advocates for the need to rethink our everyday interactions with digital infrastructures, navigation technologies, and social media as we move through the world. Drawing on five case studies from global and mid-sized cities to illustrate the concept of “re-placeing,” Germaine R. Halegoua shows how different populations employ urban broadband networks, social and locative media platforms, digital navigation, smart cities, and creative placemaking initiatives to turn urban spaces into places with deep meanings and emotional attachments. Through timely narratives of everyday urban life, Halegoua argues that people use digital media to create a unique sense of place within rapidly changing urban environments and that a sense of place is integral to understanding contemporary relationships with digital media.


*Germaine R. Halegoua*is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. She is the co-editor of /Locating Emerging Media/.

Combined Academic Publishers

*New York University Press**| Critical Cultural Communication | January 2020 | 288pp | 9781479882199 | PB | £23.99**

*Price subject to change.

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