Mobilizing through spatial values: an example in Lisbon
Maria Assunção Gato
Paper short abstract:
Based on an example located in Lisbon, Portugal, this presentation proposes a reflection around the concept of value applied to urban space and how such value can contribute to mobilize collective strategies of identitary reinforcement.
Paper long abstract:
If consumer goods have become essential elements to identify, differentiate and negotiate social belongings between individuals and groups, the space that support daily life experiences of these individuals and groups can also be seen as a commodity to be consumed and used as valuable strategy to mobilize and claim such belongings. This presentation proposes a reflection around the concept of value applied to urban space and its consumption. A value that can be objectively regulated through an economic frame, but beyond that, it's socially produced and collectively claimed and negotiated. Based on a specific urban space located in Lisbon - Parque das Nações - it is intended to demonstrate how a set of values associated with it were, simultaneously, the collective mobilizing issue to request a change in the administrative territorial limits and an important factor in individual negotiations of social identities.
Generating value and valuation as collaborative practice