Academic Commons

Theses Doctoral

A Battle of Worths: The politics of space, race, and recognition in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Valle, Melissa Mercedes

This project is a relational ethnography that explores valuation as a social process and its relationship to the production and reproduction of inequality in urban space. I connect the subjective valuation process with struggles over material resources and the politics of recognition. With each chapter of this dissertation I demonstrate that race and ethnicity are encoded in the value of urban spaces through analyses of various micro-level meaning-making practices and structures that constitute cultural processes relevant to valuation. In addition to participant observation, I incorporate semi-structured photo-elicitation interviews, unstructured interviews, a semiotic analysis and analyses of existing literature to historicize the project. My overall epistemological objective is to marry a political and material focus on worth with a study of the mechanisms through which culture enters into valuation processes and, consequently, inequality.

Geographic Areas

Files

  • thumnail for Valle_columbia_0054D_13495.pdf Valle_columbia_0054D_13495.pdf binary/octet-stream 5.67 MB Download File

More About This Work

Academic Units
Sociology
Thesis Advisors
Khan, Shamus
Degree
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
August 9, 2016
Academic Commons provides global access to research and scholarship produced at Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.