With the majority of the world's population now living in cities, questions about the cultural and political trajectories of urban societies are increasingly urgent. Media and the City explores the global city as the site where these questions become most prominent. As a space of intense communication and difference, the global city forces us to think about the challenges of living in close proximity to each other. Do we really see, hear and understand our neighbours? This engaging book examines the contradictory realities of cosmopolitanization as these emerge in four interfaces: consumption, identity, community and action. Each interface is analysed through a set of juxtapositions to reveal the global city as a site of antagonisms, empathies and co-existing particularities.
Timely, interdisciplinary and multi-perspectival, Media and the City will be essential reading for students and scholars in media and communications, cultural studies and sociology, and of interest to those concerned with the growing role of the media in changing urban societies.
Myria Georgiou is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also worked as a journalist for BBC World Service, Greek press, and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.
Chapter 1 Introduction - The mediated cosmopolis
Chapter 2 Media and the city: synergies of power
Chapter 3 Consumption: the hegemonic and the vernacular
Chapter 4 - Identity: popular culture and self-making
Chapter 5 Community: transnational solidarities
Chapter 6 Action: presence and marginality
Epilogue - Cosmopolitan contradictions