Aggregation, Segregation, and Sense of Spatial Justice in Paris', Milan's and London's Refounded Neighbourhoods

Starts 05 May 2016 - 14:00
Finishes 05 May 2016 - 16:00
Venue Birkbeck, University of London, 30 Russell Square, WC1B 5DT. Room 102.
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Aggregation, segregation, and sense of spatial justice in Paris', Milan's and London's refounded neighbourhoods

Speaker: Bruno Cousin, University of Lille
Chair: Melissa Butcher, Birkbeck, University of London

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This research is based on fieldwork - ethnography and 89 in-depth interviews - conducted in five neighborhoods of Paris and Milan, which are located near to the new business districts of the two metropolises, as well as on the systematic comparison with the literature on similar areas in London. These neighborhoods, where corporate professionals and managers are nowadays overrepresented among the residents, have been transformed during the last decades by a process of new-build gentrification. The paper analyzes the causes and motivations of the inhabitants' residential choices and practices by looking successively: (1) at the dynamics of attraction that result from homophily and willing to live alongside one’s “kind”; (2) at the discriminatory and alterization-based logics that seek to keep other social groups out; and (3) at the inhabitants' own sense of spatial justice, as well as at the arrangements and compromises they display when their residential choices and their relation to local integration have to face criticism.

Bruno Cousin is Maître de conférences in sociology (lecturer) at the University of Lille 1, and a Research and faculty affiliate with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs of the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. His research stands at the intersection between urban sociology, the analysis of social inequality, and cultural sociology. It focuses on upper and upper-middle classes’ avoidance and refusal of social and/or ethnoracial integration, and especially on residential segregation and forms of sociability. Bruno is also the current Chair of the Section on urban and regional sociology of the French Sociological Association.

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Bruno Cousin, University of Lille Melissa Butcher, Birkbeck, University of London