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30 de octubre de 2014

Seminario ICSO-Sociología UDP trae a Michaela Benson de Goldsmiths, University of London

La actividad se realizará el jueves 6 de noviembre de 13:00 a 15:00 horas, en la sala de reuniones de Decanato FCSH, ubicada en Ejército 333, segundo piso. Almuerzo incluido.

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La Escuela de Sociología en conjunto con el Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales UDP, le invita al Seminario “Re-considering place attachment and belonging among London’s middle classes: shifting social and spatial identities within a global property market”, presentado por la Dr. Michaela Benson, académica de Goldsmiths, University of London; invitada por el Proyecto Fondecyt 1140136 “Clase media alta en Chile hoy: sobre las viejas y nuevas barreras, prácticas y costos de la reproducción de la posición de clase”, cuya investigadora principal es María Luisa Méndez.

La actividad se realizará el jueves 6 de noviembre de 13:00 a 15:00 horas, en la sala de reuniones de Decanato FCSH, ubicada en Ejército 333, segundo piso. Almuerzo incluido.

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Abstract:
In the context of London’s position within the global property market and concomitant rising property prices in the Capital, the paper aims to demonstrate how middle-class residential practices as located within local contexts and struggles over power, as well as being embedded in a wider context of power and economic relations in the city.

The paper will start with a critical examination of the literature on place attachment and belonging. In particular the paper builds on the discussion of the match between habitus and field that lies at the root of the notions of middle-class belonging and place attachments to draw attention not only to the conditions under which ‘fit’ is possible, but also to acknowledge that belonging is a dynamic process, generated and maintained through residence that feeds back into understandings of classed identities. In this way, I also turn a critical lens on the relationship between choice and belonging that has characterized understandings of middle class residential practices (see for example Savage et al. 2005).

Drawing on data from the project, the Middle Classes and the City, I argue that taking the accounts of middle-class residents seriously reveals the nuances of residential practices as produced through both choice and constraint.
The paper will then demonstrate how middle-class residential practices are nested within a London-wide property market that is increasingly globalised, and in which the middle-class have a significantly reduced stake. While middle-class incomers are often branded as gentrifiers, positioned at the top of local hierarchies, the contemporary context of London places them in a more precarious position in relation to housing, education and place of residence.

This reveals the dynamic contexts in which middle-class residential practices are taking place and which, at least in part, structure their access to particular social fields. As I argue, the processes in which the middle classes are caught up reveal broader struggles for power and belonging and the spatialisation of class relations that are taking place in the global city, and to which we need to attend as a matter of urgency.

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