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Urban encounters: juxtapositions of difference and the communicative interface of global cities

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 (2008) Urban encounters: juxtapositions of difference and the communicative interface of global cities. International Communication Gazette, 70 (3-4). pp. 223-235. ISSN 1748-0485

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1748048508089949


This article explores the communicative interface of global cities, especially as it is shaped in the juxtapositions of difference in culturally diverse urban neighbourhoods. These urban zones present powerful examples, where different groups live cheek by jowl, in close proximity and in intimate interaction — desired or unavoidable. In these urban locations, the need to manage difference is synonymous to making them liveable and one's own. In seeking (and sometimes finding) a location in the city and a location in the world, urban dwellers shape their communication practices as forms of everyday, mundane and bottom-up tactics for the management of diversity. The article looks at three particular areas where cultural diversity and urban communication practices come together into meaningful political and cultural relations for a sustainable cosmopolitan life: citizenship, imagination and identity.

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Additional Information: © 2008 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 12:53
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2021 00:12

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