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Making an urban human? The digital order and its curious human-centrism

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 (2021) Making an urban human? The digital order and its curious human-centrism. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 18 (4). 395 – 403. ISSN 1479-1420

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14791420.2021.1995615


This article’s point of departure is the observed retreat of techno-centric conceptions of optimal cities and their replacement by a curious human-centrism in media, corporate, and policy discursive constructions of cities. This human-centrism hides an emerging urban order: the digital order. The digital order is realised through discourses and practices that promote controlled cities, not through coercion and visible policing, but instead through a technologized promise of seemingly progressive values. The multiple and contradictory claims to urban humans revealed in the digital order, the article concludes, demand renewed attention to the human – a critical humanist perspective to cities and technology.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2021 16:12
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 15:03

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