(digitally enhanced) Place Making from Below

Authors: Fabian Frenzel*, University of Leicester
Topics: Tourism Geography, Third World
Keywords: place making, poverty, tourism, digital technologies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Hoover, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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The role of digital technologies in changing perceptions and knowledge of places is an under explored area of geographical knowledge. The paper discusses data from a number of 'place-making' initiatives from below, initatives that aim at increasing and changing knowledge of places globally by using digital technologies in conjuncture with touristic offerings. Place making from below concerns the making visible of disadvantaged communities and their struggles, it questiones the hierachies of commercial and policy place making strategies from above. Drawing on data from Johannesburg, Mumbai, Rio and Nairobi, the paper compares different digital technologies used, contrasts the interplay of digital and analog technique of place making and considers the effectiveness of such strategies.

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