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Social Science Human Geography

Digital Lives in the Global City

Contesting Infrastructures

edited by Deborah Cowen, Alexis Mitchell, Emily Paradis & Brett Story

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Human Geography, Globalization, Social Aspects, Media Studies
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Digital technologies have transformed how, where, and when we communicate, love, learn, produce, and consume. Digital Lives in the Global City examines the entanglements of urban life as digital infrastructures connect us across vast distances while also merging work with personal time and space, increasing the power of financial institutions, and enhancing state and corporate surveillance capacities. This nuanced exploration engages with a wide range of issues: the conditions of migrant work in Singapore, the question of digital debt in Toronto, the rise and fall of illegal buildings in Mumbai, and targeted policing in New York. In the process, it reveals the profound connections between digital technologies and the social life of global cities.

About the authors

Deborah Cowen is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto.

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Alexis Mitchell is an award- winning artist and scholar whose works have shown at galleries and festivals internationally, including the Berlinale Film Festival, Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and the Images Festival. Her projects make use of space and place to reconfigure relationships to memory, politics, and acts of belonging. She often works collaboratively alongside artist Sharlene Bamboat under the name Bambitchell. Mitchell earned her Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Toronto where she held a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and is a fellow of the Sommerakademie Paul Klee through Spring 2019. She has held artist residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the MacDowell Colony, and is featured in a wide range of publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, C Magazine, and the recently published book Contemporary Citizenship, Art and Visual Culture.

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Editorial Reviews

[Digital Lives in the Global City] is a highly engaging and thought provoking read and an important contribution to both academic and activist discussions.


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