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Conviviality is not enough: a communication perspective to the city of difference

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 (2017) Conviviality is not enough: a communication perspective to the city of difference. Communication, Culture & Critique, 10 (2). pp. 261-279. ISSN 1753-9129

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Identification Number: 10.1111/cccr.12154


This article interrogates the ways in which urban communication enables or prevents politics of conviviality in the multicultural city. A multimethod, primarily qualitative, study in a London neighborhood exposed extensive communicative fragmentation along ethnic and class lines. Does such communicative separation lead to segregation? Is togetherness ever possible? Rather than a togetherness/separation binary, our study revealed a dialectic that rests upon diverging distribution of modes of communication in the city: media often separate urban dwellers and face-to-face communication brings them together in momentary but important association. This dialectic and its various incarnations give rise to a spectrum of politics of conviviality: civility through Othering; civility through negotiation of We-ness and Otherness; and politics of civic engagement and solidarity.

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Additional Information: © 2016 International Communication Association
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2016 15:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:25

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