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The Right to the Citi(zen): Urban Spaces in Commercial Media Environments
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6903-141X
2016 (English)In: Space and Culture, ISSN 1206-3312, E-ISSN 1552-8308, Vol. 19, no 4, 478-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following the publication of Henri Lefebvre’s book Le Droit à la ville (1968), a debate has emerged regarding the neoliberal takeover of urban spaces and activism. Nonetheless, in the past 10 years, we have seen the continuous expansion of public space via social networking media and, today, most public institutions in Western states use social networking sites to communicate with their “citizens.” Although there are many serious problems associated with this takeover, little has been said about them so far. In this article, I address the contribution of The right to the city to this debate by analyzing a public institution which tried to establish communication with its “citizens” in an urban space in a virtual world. My analysis concludes that the users of this new media platform did not regard themselves as citizens when they were dwelling in this urban space online, but instead saw themselves as the consumers they were addressed as in this environment.

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2016. Vol. 19, no 4, 478-489 p.
Keyword [en]
Urban space, citizenship, virtual worlds, Second Life
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29818DOI: 10.1177/1206331215621010ISI: 000385812400013ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84991515320Local ID: 1045/42/2011OAI: diva2:917862
Virtual Everyday Life
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-04-08 Created: 2016-04-08 Last updated: 2016-11-10Bibliographically approved

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