Creating persons, contesting value: (Re)development in Newcastle and Gateshead, North East England
Sarah’s project will explore the ways in which actors who are drawn together by urban development and re-development projects, produce, imagine and define themselves as particular kinds of persons, as part of these processes. Local residents, developers, construction workers, planning professionals and politicians are all part of this development ecosystem through which the neighbouring post-industrial cities of Newcastle and Gateshead are being rapidly transformed. Tracing outwards from current (re)development projects, the research will examine the way actors are differently positioned in relation to these projects, their relations of contestation and cooperation, and the ways in in which they seek to create, claim and constitute different forms of value. This will enable the research to explore the ways in which conceptions of personhood are shaped by property relations, capital and personal-cum-collective histories.
Sarah Winkler-Reid is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Newcastle University. Her research focuses on the constitution of ‘individual’ personhood in everyday life, contemporary Britain, and questions of value and ethics; particularly in relation to growing up. From the perspective of young people’s daily lives in school, she has published articles on value, care and success in school, race and humour, bodily dissatisfaction, sexual ethics, and friendship.