The panel aims at discussing experiences and practices characterizing the post-industrial spaces and reflecting on the relevance of the study of such developments for anthropology. It welcomes addressing the issue of inequalities, distinctions, community practices, cultural activities, use of space.
The raise of post-industrial society has been commonly described in terms of growing importance of service sector, knowledge economy, rapid and wide-scale technological advances. It has also been associated with changing patterns of social relations, new understandings of "community", and the shifting nature of social bonds. While some scholars recognize "post-industrialism"'s social and cultural potential, describing it as an age of convivial, (more) equal and creative societies, others indicate persisting inequalities, increasing consumerism and detrimental technocracy. The aim of our panel is to look at all these phenomena - and the debates which tackle them - through the lenses of anthropological knowledge and methodology. In proposing the panel, we aim to create a platform in which to discuss a variety of experiences, practices and discourses characterizing the post-industrial spaces and, at the same time, reflect on the relevance of the study of such developments for the discipline of anthropology. In the reference to the latter, we aim to address the question of new trends, methodologies, and reflections as well as to highlight the problem of the usage and "adaptability" of the concept in different contexts (e.g. Western/Eastern Europe, and other sites).
We invite contributions addressing the following issues:
- use, adaptation, and reconfiguration of post-industrial spaces
- disappearing/new lifestyles, community and neighborly practices, forms of cultural activities
- old/new inequalities within post-industrial landscapes
- old/new distinctions (ethnic, class, educational, etc.)
- changing/persisting aspirations, desires, ways of self-realization