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The Creative Citizen UnboundHow Social Media and DIY Culture Contribute to Democracy, Communities and the Creative Economy$
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Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324942

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324942.001.0001

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Civic cultures and modalities of place-making

Civic cultures and modalities of place-making

(p.205) Nine Civic cultures and modalities of place-making
The Creative Citizen Unbound

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Jerome Turner

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Physical and online places transcend geography in many ways, presenting a crucible for ideology and values. Social media offer tools for place-making, exemplified in three case studies, where communities learn, adopt, reject and adapt digital offers. At the Wards Corner Coalition, activist community planners deploy an online visualisation tool to negotiate more effectively the group’s alternative planning vision. Tyburn Mail learns how to improve reader engagement by working from a physical News Café. South Blessed’s logo presents an optimistic reading: acknowledging history but proposing new experiences: building on the past and also indicating a radically optimistic departure for today’s African-Caribbean diaspora. The activities are self-made and self-actualised, addressing the wider world directly rather than through external mediation. The analysis offers fertile ground to rethink how social media affordances give rise to acts of creative citizenship, not simply as a digital era phenomenon, but as an experience that transcends digital and physical understandings of place and its boundaries.

Keywords:   place, geography, planning, afro-caribbean, boundaries, digital

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