We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Technology, timespace and the remediation of neighbourhood life.

Crang, M. and Crosbie, T. and Graham, S. D. N. (2007) 'Technology, timespace and the remediation of neighbourhood life.', Environment and planning A., 39 (10). pp. 2405-2422.


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.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The authors would like to thank the ESRC’s E-Society Programme (award RES-335-25-0015) for support which made this research possible.
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher 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
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:09 February 2011
Date of first online publication:2007
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar