Digital Citizenship and In/formal Belonging : Advocacy and participatory mapping in villas miserias of Buenos Aires

Authors: Angela Ambrose*,
Topics: Digital Geographies
Keywords: informal settlements, critical data studies, critical GIS, digital geographies, digital citizenship, informal citizenship, global citizenship
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 48
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Citizenship is contested, re-negotiated and evaluated in shifting political and economic processes: it is scalar, spatialized, embedded with power relations and exclusionary at its foundations. With digital technologies’ proliferation in humanitarian, advocacy and urban development work, new power asymmetries emerge in ways that may shift how informal, social citizenships are experienced and how formal citizenship is defined. In informal settlements and unmapped communities where many residents may be undocumented immigrants, digital technologies (re)produce and constantly negotiate how historically marginalized groups represent themselves and, consequently, how their communities are integrated in a city’s urban fabric. The way that communities are engaged (local engagement/participatory and remote, crowdsourced) is an indication of how power structures influence informal communities. This paper presentation will entail some of my key findings from fieldwork conducted in Buenos Aires, Argentina from February-March 2020.

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