Restructuring locality: practice, identity and place-making on the German-Polish border: Special issue ed. by Nina Glick Schiller and Garbi Schmidt

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Taking cities as analytical entry points for investigating practice, identity and place-making, this article explores the differential restructurings of locality in the twin cities of Görlitz and Zgorzelec on the German-Polish border. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, it shows how the local cities′ leaderships are attempting to wrestle the cities out of their downmarket positioning in the global economy. Deploying a performative research strategy of methodological relationalism, the article examines intersections between these cities′ strategies of situating local youth within urban regeneration and cross-border projects and local youth′s preferences for engaging in other kinds of place-making. By ‘seeing’ the cities in border regions through practices of place-making within the multiscalar processes of urban regeneration, new insights about ‘place’ are generated in which city branding is not the only kind of local restructuring to be acknowledged
TidsskriftIdentities - Global Studies in Culture and Power
Vol/bindVolume 23
Udgave nummerissue 1
Sider (fra-til)pages 66-83
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 15 mar. 2016


  • Det Humanistiske Fakultet - performativity, methodological relationalism, practised space, place-making, rescaling, German-Polish border

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