Europe's Exploding Edges: The Social Response to 2008 'crisis Landscapes' in Coastal Spain and Bulgaria
The study analyzes political-economic reasons for the explosion of peripheral property markets, before 2008, as well as the social response to the expansion of coastal development. Using two years of ethnographic research with architects, developers, and environmentalists in Bulgaria and Spain, the paper will examine how notions of 'core' and 'periphery' changed before and after the 2008 property bubble. New coastal developments were often seen as spaces of aspiration but, after the crisis, quickly became spaces of disappointment and derelict spaces often reinforced the idea of peripherality. The paper, a segment of my dissertation, also has a specific focus on how stakeholders in urban development used growth to discuss and contest competing notions of Europeanness.