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Authors:André Jansson: Media and Communication Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden
Publication title:Texture and Fixture: Understanding Urban Communication Geographies
Conference:The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25–29 October; 2006
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:020
Article No.:002
Abstract:The paper discusses the ambiguous character of spaces in-between the panoramic “concept city” and the immersive “thick city”. It is argued; firstly; that the theoretical understanding of such intermediary urban spaces in general; and intermediary communication geographies in particular; has been underdeveloped in media studies. These spaces are crucial if we are to grasp the reproduction and change of cities – notably the interaction between images; representations and social practice. Secondly; it is argued that the concepts of texture and fixture are appropriate for a re-thinking of intermediary communication geographies. Texture refers to the communicative fabric of space – shaped as networks of/for circulation – symbolic as well as material in kind. Fixtures are the strong points in textural webs. They contribute to the reproduction of textures; while at the same time working as nodes of circulation. They appear as both hermeneutic loci (festivals; rituals; cultural scenes; etc) and more material infrastructural nodes (web servers; media buildings; outlets; etc); with no clear boundaries in-between them.
Language:English
Year:2006
No. of pages:9
Pages:21–29
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/020/002/ecp072002.pdf
Available:2007-03-06
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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André Jansson (2006). Texture and Fixture: Understanding Urban Communication Geographies, The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25–29 October; 2006 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=020;article=002 (accessed 10/20/2014)