Walking through Change: Narratives of Difference, Identity and Power in La Mar

Claux, Denise. 2019. Walking through Change: Narratives of Difference, Identity and Power in La Mar. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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Following studies in anthropology, cultural studies, geography and sociology this thesis offers an ethnographic walk across the value, meaning and boundaries of difference as negotiated in the gentrifying and post-colonial context of the avenue of La Mar (Lima, Peru.) The focus of study is on the narrativisation of difference as an everyday journey to be and become valuable in this space, where individuals face distinct opportunities to be recognized as mobile, responsible, safe and reliable subjects. Methodologically, difference is explored through aural and visual methods, comprising of 50 informal conversations and open-ended, semi-structured interviews with individuals whom I also photographed. Visual methods incorporate these photographs as well as images from particular spaces and times in the avenue, mostly arranged in the form of hand-made proof-sheets and ultimately presented in the form of collage. Theoretically, difference is framed as a contextual, flexible and fluid experience of power, explored in and through multiple spatiotemporal walks across infinite places (i.e. modern buildings, callejones, mechanic shops, restaurants, the nation) and implied through different boundaries of knowledge and affect. Specifically, these spatiotemporal walks are discussed through the categories of nation and class, delineating the practice of difference in the form of both, commonality (i.e. the experience of nation through food) and differentiation (i.e. the experience of class through liminality). Ultimately, the practice of difference is explored as a “generative system of dispositions” linking the personal with the social, transpiring through different directions and intensities of power as individuals pursuit value and inclusion, thus, as individuals seek to arrive in place (Taylor, 2012, p.49)

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Thesis (Doctoral)


Urban change, difference, class, national identity, food

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28 February 2019

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02 Apr 2019 14:25

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07 Sep 2022 17:14



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