Community, Media, and the City

Medrado, A. 2019. Community, Media, and the City. in: Krajina. Z. and Stevenson, D. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication London and New York Routledge.

Chapter titleCommunity, Media, and the City
AuthorsMedrado, A.
EditorsKrajina. Z. and Stevenson, D.
Abstract

The notion of community has been increasingly less dependent upon physical place. Community might, for instance, be a community of interest, where members have cultural, social or political interests in common. It can also be hybrid, combining virtual and actual communities. Additionally, although the term is often used to express commonality, it might, in fact, also express difference. This chapter aims to discuss why communities matter for the study of cities, and, particularly, the study of urban media. The city can be perceived as the typical place for the flourishing of communities because it has been historically associated with the protection and security of its inhabitants. However, residents of marginalised areas often have very distinct everyday experiences of the city, being subjected to discrimination, segregation, and even violence. Therefore, in this chapter, I also intend to analyse what community means for such marginalised groups in the city, particularly in contexts of urban transformations, such as those caused by the preparations for and the hosting of megaevents. The idea is to explore the aspects that might define community for these groups, such as the need to constantly find ways to resist oppression, whilst the very concept of resistance acts as a form of community glue for them.

Keywordscommunity; community media; urban media; favelas; media activism
Book titleThe Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication
Year2019
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published2019
Place of publicationLondon and New York
ISBN 9780415792554
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315211633
Web address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Urban-Media-and-Communication/Krajina-Stevenson/p/book/9780415792554

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