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Through a variety of empirical studies, this volume offers fresh insights into the manner in which different forms of communicative action transform urban space. With attention to the methodological questions that arise from the attempt to study such changes empirically, it offers new theoretical foundations for understanding the social construction and reconstruction of spaces through communicative action. Seeing communicative action as the basic element in the social construction of reality and conceptualizing communication not only in terms of the use of language and texts, but as involving any kind of objectification, such as technologies, bodies and non-verbal signs, it considers the roles of both direct and mediatized (or digitized) communication. An examination of the conceptualization of the communicative (re-)construction of spaces and the means by which this change might be empirically investigated, this book demonstrates the fruitfulness of the notion of refiguration as a means by which to understand the transformation of contemporary societies. As such, it will appeal to sociologists, social theorists, and geographers with interests in social construction and urban space.

part I|15 pages


chapter 1|13 pages


Communicative constructions and the refiguration of spaces
ByGabriela B. Christmann, Hubert Knoblauch, Martina Löw
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part II|119 pages

Theoretical and methodological approaches

chapter 2|17 pages

From the constitution to the communicative construction of space

ByHubert Knoblauch, Silke Steets
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chapter 3|21 pages

The symbolic construction of spaces

Perspectives from a sociology of knowledge approach to discourse
ByReiner Keller
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chapter 4|19 pages

Digital media, data infrastructures, and space

The refiguration of society in times of deep mediatization
ByAndreas Hepp
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chapter 5|13 pages

Cities, regions, and landscapes as augmented realities

Refiguration of space(s) through digital information technologies
ByGertraud Koch
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chapter 6|24 pages

The theoretical concept of the communicative (re)construction of spaces

ByGabriela B. Christmann
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chapter 7|23 pages

Eliciting space

Methodological considerations in analyzing communicatively constructed spaces
ByMartina Löw, Séverine Marguin
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part III|149 pages

Empirical studies

chapter 8|15 pages

Digital urban planning and urban planners' mediatized construction of spaces

ByGabriela B. Christmann, Martin Schinagl
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chapter 9|20 pages

Centers of coordination refigured?

Control of synthetic space
ByRené Tuma, Arne Janz
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chapter 10|20 pages

Architectures of asylum

Negotiating home-making through concrete spatial strategies
ByPhilipp Misselwitz, Anna Steigemann
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chapter 11|31 pages

Over the counter

Configuration and refiguration of ticket-sales conversation through institutional architectures for interaction
ByHeiko Hausendorf
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chapter 12|21 pages

Innovation and communication

Spatial pioneers and the negotiation of new ideas
ByAnika Noack, Tobias Schmidt
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chapter 13|27 pages

Talking about hip places

Imaginaries and power among East German reinventions of urban culture
ByHans-Joachim Bürkner
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chapter 14|13 pages

A systemic model of communication in spatial planning

ByUrsula Stein
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