City leaders now confront a global competition for economic investment, and urban elites are casting about for strategies that promise to secure a share of this future of global economic growth. However, many of these strategies are largely symbolic in nature. City leaders, for example, compete for the Olympics so they can broadcast spectacular urban vistas to global television audiences. Officials pour public funds into tourist amenities to cultivate an image of vitality and renewal. But how are the local politics of urban redevelopment intertwined with the global politics of circulating vital urban images? Urban Communication brings together scholars from communication, cultural studies, and urban sociology to explore the symbolic dimensions of contemporary city-building, drawing on case studies from around the world.
Timothy A. Gibson is assistant professor of communication at George Mason University. Mark Lowes is associate professor of communication at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The City as Production, Text, Context Part 2 I The City in Production Chapter 3 1 Neoliberal Revitalization: Prison Building, Casinos, and Tourism in Louisiana Chapter 4 2 Internet Politics the Singapore Way Chapter 5 3 A Neo-Bohemian Rhapsody: Cultural Vibrancy and Controlled Edge as Urban Development Tools in the "New Creative Economy" Chapter 6 4 City Living, DC Style: The Political-Economic Limits of Urban Branding Campaigns Part 7 II The City as Text Chapter 8 5 "They Stand for All the Things I Hate": Georgian Architecture and Cultural Memory in Contemporary Dublin Chapter 9 6 Trying To Be World-Class: Ottawa and the Presentation of Self Chapter 10 7 Plugola: News for Profit, Entertainment, and Network Consolidation Part 11 III The City in Context Chapter 12 8 Communicating Urban Values Through Megasport Events: The Case of Australia's " High performance" Cities Chapter 13 9 From "Dangerous Classes" to "Quiet Rebels": The Politics of the Subaltern in the Global South Chapter 14 10 The Empire at Ground Zero Chapter 15 Bibliography