Social production of marginalized spaces: Operationalizing Lefebvre's Place Making

Authors: Leonor Vanik*, UIC-Chicago
Topics: Social Geography, Planning Geography, Disabilities
Keywords: Levebvre, grounded critical visualization, disability, planning theory,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Proteus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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As the nation increases neoliberal policies to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities (PWD) as a cost saving measure to state Medicaid programs, little is known about the complexity of their experience after selecting and living in communities that are affordable and accessible to them in geographies of uneven development. PWD have been limited in their access to material goods, social equality, and the built environment by dominant society. The denial to access and produce space is systematically ingrained in society because it was built for able-bodied individuals, thus perpetuating accessibility issues within the built environment and the social practice of everyday life over time. Building on previous research that sought to better understand the search for affordable and accessible housing as part of the deinstitutionalization process and amenity preferences in their selected communities, this paper presents an overview of how PWD produce disability space in socially produced capitalist neighborhoods while discussing the operationalization of a multi-method approach of "grounded critical visualization" (GCV). GCV's methodological framework is situated in the work of Lefebvre's social production of space and critically shifts the frame of analysis toward the interpretation of the production of space by developing the spatial triad as an analytical tool to understand how social spaces of disability and marginalization are produced by people with mobile and physical disabilities. Examples of current and proposed housing and livability policies and implications for applying GCV in other contextual factors in community and neighborhood planning are also introduced.

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