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date: 20 May 2019

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This chapter discusses how digital technologiesrevisit the role that space and mobility play in communication processes. Digital research tools make it possible to develop innovative research approaches and a richer empirical and theoretical understanding of how space shapes social dynamics. The argument centers on the tensions between the unimpeded sweep of mobile communication across space and time and the sticky local embeddedness that characterizes on-the-ground bodies, political cultures, and social networks. The discussion sketches out exciting new research frontiers while paying attention to cautions that must be observed going forward.

Keywords: mobility, geography, communication, legibility, spatial configurations

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