Contested land and mediascapes: The visuality of the postcolonial city

Kevin Glynn*

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This paper explores spatial dynamics of contestation in the ongoing production of textures of urban place in the postcolonial context of Christchurch, New Zealand. It first examines practices of visual inscription that generate landscapes and mediascapes that struggle to naturalize particular social imaginaries, relations and place-identities. It then considers modes of transgression that rework and expand urban spatiality into new visual terrains of contestation such as those associated with digital media. Emergent communities have thus made use of media spaces such as YouTube to reverse the urban gaze, reframe themselves and the city, and re-imagine place-making landscapes and identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-22
Number of pages17
JournalNew Zealand Geographer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


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