The 10 essays in this volume edited by Gibson and Lowes (communication scholars with George Mason U. and U. of Ottowa respectively) critically explore the relationship between cities' global images with their internal politics and interests. Scholars in communication, cultural studies, and urban sociology discuss how different cities around the world vie for a share in the developing global economy through marketing campaigns, urban revitalization, megasport events, internet politics, and other measures. Each essay assesses the effect of these symbolic activities on the local communities not represented by urban elites and city leaders. Specific topics include the evolution of popular definitions of the poor classes in the Urban Subaltern of the Global South; the original vision of New York's World Trade Towers as symbols of post-war, post-industrial America; and the political-economic limits of D.C.'s urban branding campaign. Annotation c2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Timothy A. Gibson is assistant professor of communication at George Mason University. Mark Lowes is associate professor of communication at the University of Ottawa in Canada.