Social relatedness to place, the varied urban community, life-chances, and climate adjustment

Authors: Anja Jørgensen*, Aalborg University, Denmark, Mia Arp Fallov, Aalborg University, Denmark
Topics: Social Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: neighbourhood, collective efficacy, neighbourhood resilience, climate change, social relatedness.
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon C2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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The purpose of this presentation is to synthesize different conceptualizations of the importance to social relatedness to place in order to develop a varied understanding of community urban life. We aim is to bring together “perspectives from above”, that is macro-oriented conceptualization of the segregation and structural conditions for neighbourhood life with “perspective from below” in the form of micro-oriented conceptualizations of everyday life. It is the interaction between these levels that bring us close to an understanding of how social relatedness to place impact not only on life chances but on the possibilities to respond to or have resilience for exogenous changes that impact on local life, such as increasing problems of water.
In doing this we bring together concepts of collective efficacy (Sampson, Morenoff, & Gannon-Rowley, 2002; Sampson, 2017) with concepts of social resilience (Hall & Lamont, 2013; Beatley 2010) and concepts of belonging (Fallov, Jørgensen, & Knudsen, 2013; Jørgensen, Fallov, Knudsen, & Skov, 2016) that include an everyday perspective on neighbourhood relations and practices.
We sketch out by way of examples how we think that such a synthesized conceptualization could be operationalized in relation to a local sensitivity to inequality in life chances and in relation to neighbourhood resilience in relation to climate changes. We conclude by arguing that the examples serve to illustrate that a more local sensitive conceptualization of urban life improve not only chances of greater “liveability” in local neighbourhoods, but ways of approaching sustainable transformations that take into account forms of neighbourhood agency.

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