Communications and Mobility is a unique, interdisciplinary look at mobility, territory, communication, and transport in the 21st century with extended case studies of three icons of this era: the migrant, the mobile phone, and the container box. It urges scholars in media and communication to return to broader conceptions of the field that include mobility of all kinds, including information, people, and commodities.
Drawing together the North American and European traditions of materialist communications studies, this book embraces a wide range of perspectives from media studies, science and technology studies, sociology, transport studies, media anthropology, and cultural geography. The book′s first two sections outline the author′s theoretical and conceptual agenda and reframe key concepts within media and communication in light of new mobilities and contemporary geographies. In the final section, the author uses migrants, mobile phones, and shipping containers as case studies which illustrate his expanded definition of communication in the world today. Transcending traditional boundaries of discipline, technology, and location, Communications and Mobility provides readers with a revitalized understanding of contemporary communication studies.
Introduction: Redefining Communications 1
Part I The Return of Geopolitics 19
1 Communications, Transport, and Territory 21
2 Constituting Europe: Empires, Nations, and Techno ]zones 37
Part II Reconceptualizing Communications: Mobilities and Geographies 57
3 Sedentarism, Nomadology, and New Mobilities 59
4 Disaggregating Mobilities: Zoning, Exclusion, and Containment 77
5 Geography, Topography, and Topology: Networks and Infrastructures 95
6 The Virtual and the Actual: Being There, Disembodiment, and Deterritorialization 113
Part III The Mobility of People, Information, and Commodities: Case Studies in Communications Geography 131
7 Migration: Changing Paradigms, Embodied Mobilities, and Material Practices 133
8 Mobile Communications and Ubiquitous Connectivity: Technologies of Transformation? 159
9 Containerization as Globalization: The Mobility of Commodities 199