Lives on the Borderland: the sociospatial restructuring of a neighbourhood in Shanghai (2006 – 2010)
This project explores urban borderlands as the formation, negotiation, and maintenance of multiple individual and group identities under coexistence. On the example of a sociospatially fragmented district of contemporary Shanghai, the project asks how large-scale political and economic processes of urban transformation are experienced on the ground. Drawing on the literature in geography, anthropology and environmental psychology, it combines qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection and analysis. The study provides a phenomenological account on everyday life under coexistence under sociospatial transition in contemporary Shanghai.