Touristified Markets: The case of Madrid (and Lisbon)

Jorge Sequera (LXNIGHTS) has recently written an article in Seres Urbanos (El Pais) where he stress the social consequences of the privatization, touristification and ‘gourmetization’ of urban markets. These processes threaten the old functions of markets as places of closeness for the neighbors, where gather and coexist reproducing rooted and local  practices of solidarity.

You can read here the complete article

Resultado de imagen de mercado da ribeiraFor those researching in Lisbon the situation expounded by Jorge Sequera could be comparable with Mercado da Ribeira, where the powerful presence of the ‘Time Out Gourmet Market’ has created a situation of marginalization for several traditional activities in and around the market.


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About Daniel Malet Calvo

I have a PhD in Urban Anthropology (2011) from University of Barcelona where I also have graduated with a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2005), and a BA in History (2011). My thesis work puts forward a historical and ethnographic research focused on the most emblematic space in Lisbon's downtown: Praça do Rossio. I have been trained through many investigation projects, research grants and ethnographic works on Lisbon and Barcelona during my thesis, mainly focused on anthropology of urban space, city policies, collective action and olisipography. I'm also did research on Santiago island (Cape Verde archipelago), where I acquired experience on mobility conceptions, risk practices and urban renewal projects. Currently, as a post-doctoral researcher in the CIES-IUL (Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) I'm investigating ERASMUS students as a short-term migration actors involved on heritagization processes, space production and transnational dynamics. Besides this, I'm an active member of the Grup de Recerca sobre Exclusió i Control Socials (GRECS) in the Anthropology Department of the Universitat de Barcelona, and of the Institut Català d'Antropologia (ICA)

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