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Community, Media, and the City

WithAndrea Medrado

This chapter discusses community, media, and the city, with particular attention to contingent community media practices in dangerous urban spaces in Brazil. I reaffirm the familiar argument that, despite the assumption that media supposedly allow citizens to live free from dynamics of locality and community, urban communities remain extremely important for debates about mediated cities. I also pay particular attention to the role that community media can play in the process of community building, as well as having relevance for people’s belonging to the city. As I will show, rather than being reduced to documenting community folklore, different (offline and online) community media initiatives can serve citizens as practical (material) resources in their everyday lives structured by forms of inequality.