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Main Title: Relational Communication Spaces: Infrastructures and Discursive Practices
Author(s): Keinert, Alexa
Sayman, Volkan
Maier, Daniel
Type: Article
Abstract: Digital communication technologies, social web platforms, and mobile communication have fundamentally altered the way we communicate publicly. They have also changed our perception of space, thus making a re-calibration of a spatial perspective on public communication necessary. We argue that such a new perspective must consider the relational logic of public communication, which stands in stark contrast to the plain territorial notion of space common in communication research. Conceptualising the spatiality of public communication, we draw on Low's (2016) sociology of space. Her relational concept of space encourages us to pay more attention to (a) the infrastructural basis of communication, (b) the operations of synthesising the relational communication space through discursive practices, and (c) power relations that determine the accessibility of public communication. Thus, focusing on infrastructures and discursive practices means highlighting crucial socio-material preconditions of public communication and considering the effects of the power relations which are inherent in their spatialisation upon the inclusivity of public communication. This new approach serves a dual purpose: Firstly, it works as an analytical perspective to systematically account for the spatiality of public communication. Secondly, the differentiation between infrastructural spaces and spaces of discursive practices adds explanatory value to the perspective of relational communication spaces.
Subject(s): discursive practices
methodological nationalism
public communication
sociology of space
Issue Date: 23-Jul-2021
Date Available: 28-Dec-2021
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, 290045248, SFB 1265: Re-Figuration von Räumen
Journal Title: Media and communication
Publisher: Cogitatio
Volume: 9
Issue: 3
Publisher DOI: 10.17645/mac.v9i3.3988
Page Start: 28
Page End: 38
EISSN: 2183-2439
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt » Inst. Soziologie » FG Soziologie der Politik
Verbundforschung » Sonderforschungsbereiche (SFB) » SFB 1265 - Re-Figuration von Räumen
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