SEARCH: The Journal of the South East Asia Research Centre for Communication and Humanities

, 6:4

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Space, Mobility and Communication


This paper investigates the construction of city space and the ensuing communication problems. An ethnographic approach was employed in this study. Data was analysed using thematic analysis framework. The findings indicate that sterile space, mobile space and virtually-linked community led to the phenomenon of transcultural communication. Transcultural communication in this study involves hybridisation, which also leads to métissage—the mixture of different cultures in the spirit of finding a consensus in understanding each other. It can be seen as triggering both positive and negative consequences for the city’s development. The paper concludes with the argument that community building demands socialised space with an identity, in addition to the availability of modernised facilities.


Space Mobility Transcultural communication Culture