Moving marketplaces: Understanding public space from a relational mobility perspective
Résumé Research on outdoor retail markets has focused on the diverse ways in which markets constitute public spaces
where diversity and social inclusion coexist with conflict and reproduction of inequalities. This approach has
prompted existing studies to focus on place-politics in terms of group- and spatially-bounded processes. In this
paper, we take a relational mobility perspective to show that markets are not delineated and fixed entities. By
approaching them as spaces in-flux, we are sensitive to the ways markets are continuously made and remade
anew each operating day. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in four European countries (the Netherlands, Spain,
Switzerland and the United Kingdom), we argue that 1) the practice of mobility is key to understand how
markets come into being; and 2) a mobility approach opens up new questions regarding (unequal) power relations
in the production of public space as it articulates the ‘relational politics of (im)mobilities’. Although the
locality of markets tends to be emphasised as a sign of quality in governmental and public imaginations, we
illustrate that the coming-into-being of markets depends on social, material and institutional relations coming
from elsewhere.
Mots-clés Outdoor retail markets
Public space
Mobilities turn
Citation Menet, J., & Dahinden, J. (2022). Moving marketplaces: Understanding public space from a relational mobility perspective. Cities, 127((2022)), 1-9.
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 1-8-2022
Nom du périodique Cities
Volume 127
Numéro (2022)
Pages 1-9
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026427...
Liée au projet Moving MarketPlaces (MMP): Following the Everyday Product...