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The city authentic : how the attention economy builds urban America  Cover Image Book Book

The city authentic : how the attention economy builds urban America / David A. Banks.


"The first book to explore how our cities gentrify by becoming social media influencers-and why it works. Cities, like the people that live in them, are subject to the attention economy. In The City Authentic, author David A. Banks shows how cities are transforming themselves to appeal to modern desires for authentic urban living through the attention-grabbing tactics of social media influencers and reality-TV stars. Blending insightful analysis with pop culture, this engaging study of New York State's Capital Region is an accessible glimpse into the social phenomena that influence contemporary cities. The rising economic fortunes of cities in the Rust Belt, Banks argues, are due in part to the markers of its previous decay-which translate into signs of urban authenticity on the internet. The City Authentic unpacks the odd connection between digital media and derelict buildings, the consequences of how we think about industry and place, and the political processes that have enabled a new paradigm in urban planning. Mixing urban sociology with media and cultural studies, Banks offers a lively account of how urban life and development are changing in the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780520383449
  • ISBN: 0520383443
  • ISBN: 9780520383456
  • ISBN: 0520383451
  • Physical Description: xi, 211 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Cultural capital region -- Upscale upstate -- What is authenticity? -- The political economy of authenticity -- Policies and tactics -- What is to be done?
Subject: Urbanization > Economic aspects > New York (State) > Upstate New York.
City planning > Economic aspects > New York (State) > Upstate New York.
Social media > New York (State) > Upstate New York > Influence.
Authenticity (Philosophy)
Authenticity (Philosophy)
City planning > Economic aspects.
Social media > Influence.
Urbanization > Economic aspects.
New York (State) > Upstate New York.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff - Main Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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