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
Original languageEnglish
JournalIdentities - Global Studies in Culture and Power
VolumeVolume 23
Issue numberissue 1
Pages (from-to)pages 66-83
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016

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