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Moving MarketPlaces (MMP): Following the Everyday Production of Inclusive Public Spaces

Applicant Dahinden Janine
Number 188024
Funding scheme HERA
Research institution Maison d'analyse des processus sociaux MAPS Université de Neuchâtel
Institution of higher education University of Neuchatel - NE
Main discipline Ethnology
Start/End 01.06.2019 - 30.11.2022
Approved amount 296'742.00
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Keywords (5)

translocal ethnographies ; merchants; urban studies; marketplaces; inclusive public space

Lay Summary (German)

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Marktplätze sind wichtige Orte des Austauschs im öffentlichen Raum. Das europäische Forschungsprojekt Moving MarketPlaces analysiert Märkte in vier Ländern (Grossbritannien, Niederlande, Schweiz, Spanien) aus der Perspektive derjenigen, die sie gestalten, den Marktfahrer*innen. Eine historische Analyse sowie die Mobilitätspraktiken von Marktfahrer*innen stehen im Zentrum der Forschung.
Lay summary

Das Forschungsprojekt interessiert sich für die Bedingungen der Gestaltung von inklusivem öffentlichen Raum. Am Beispiel von Marktplätzen analysiert es die historischen Rahmenbedingungen von Inklusion und die Mobilitätspraktiken von Marktfahrer*innen. Das Projekt wird gleichzeitig in vier europäischen Ländern durchgeführt (Grossbritannien, Niederlande, Schweiz, Spanien). Es vereint grössere, urbane Märkte mit weniger spektakulären, ländlichen Märkten. Das innovative, translokale Forschungsdesign kombiniert ortsgebundene Forschung mit mobilen Methoden (den Marktfahrer*innen folgen). Die Ergebnisse des Projekts werden in Zusammenarbeit mit Handelsvereinen in konkrete Vorschläge für die Stadtplanung einfliessen.

Das Forschungsprojekt trägt zu einem besseren Verständnis von Marktplätzen als Orte der Inklusion bei. Damit leistet es einen Beitrag zum Verständnis von inklusiven Gesellschaften in Europa.

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Abstract

The “Moving MarketPlaces”(MMP) project aims to gain in-depth insights into the place-making capacities and mobility practices of merchants across four European countries (United Kingdom/the Netherlands/Switzerland/Spain), in order to create a better understanding of the (dis)continuous mechanisms behind the production of marketplaces as inclusive public spaces. While previous studies concentrate on how specific urban marketplaces are experienced and consumed, MMP adds a crucial layer to the understanding of marketplaces by focusing on the actors that make marketplaces work: the merchants. Through their mobility between periodic markets, they can be seen as social-cultural brokers that help to transform marketplaces into inclusive public spaces. Particularly based on our conceptualisation of place as a coming-togetherness of different temporal-spatial trajectories, MMP builds a strong historical anchorage to understand the everyday practices of merchants. We thereby relate typical (the urban/superdiverse marketplace) and a-typical case studies (the country town and not-so-spectacular marketplace). In so doing, MMP does not only put forward a historically sensitive analysis of contemporary dynamics, we also connect conceptual discussions on ‘urban’ superdiversity and ‘urban’ public space to the dynamics in smaller towns that have their own lived dynamics of globalisation. Moreover, with our innovative translocal research design that combines in situ research (place perspective) with the actual following of merchants to other trading destinations (mobility perspective), we create pioneering empirical insights into the ways merchants act as social and cultural brokers within and between different marketplaces and we also enhance our understanding regarding the institutional barriers they encounter (institutional perspective). Particularly based on an early and continuous collaboration between its academic and associate partners, MMP promises to translate its main findings into concrete guidelines for city planners, wardens and other place-makers regarding the question how convivial social infrastructures can be sustained in order to promote more inclusive societies in Europe.
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