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Technology, timespace and the remediation of neighbourhood life

Crang, M.; Crosbie, T.; Graham, S.D.N.

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T. Crosbie

S.D.N. Graham


Much theoretical commentary over the last decade addressed the likely impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on urban life works by opposing ‘virtual’ spaces and mediated activities to ‘real’ places. Drawing on recent theorising in media studies about ‘remediation’, this paper attempts to move beyond a reliance on such unhelpful real-virtual conceptual binaries. The paper uses such conceptual discussions to consider more fully the multiple, subtle and interdependent spatio-temporalities which together work to constitute ICT-based urban change. While innovative work has traced the emergence of various online spaces and communities, our interest here is on the intersection of online and offline practices. Through a case study of two contrasting neighbourhoods in Newcastle upon Tyne, the paper explores in detail how social relations and grocery shopping are being affected by ICT use. It suggests that the remediation of everyday urban life through ICTs involves subtle shifts in the spatial, temporal, scalar and material processes which together help constitute urban change, and which are all too often overlooked in conventional and binary approaches opposing the ‘virtual’ realm of new technologies to ‘real’ urban places.


Crang, M., Crosbie, T., & Graham, S. (2007). Technology, timespace and the remediation of neighbourhood life. Environment and Planning A, 39(10), 2405-2422.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2007
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2009
Publicly Available Date Feb 9, 2011
Journal Environment and Planning A
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Electronic ISSN 1472-3409
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 10
Pages 2405-2422


Accepted Journal Article (432 Kb)

Copyright Statement
Crang, M. and Crosbie, T. and Graham, S. D. N. (2007). The definitive peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and planning A, 39 (10), pp. 2405-2422, 2007, 10.1068/a38353

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