Class Narratives in Postidustrial Urban Development Debate. a Case Study from Poland
The paper will focus on the understanding of the social class expressed in the debates about the future of the city. It will be based on the analysis of documents and media content and on in-depth interviews with political/policy and academic actors. The particular attention will be paid to the way various concepts of class penetrate the discourse. The way they are applied, understood and (re-)constructed locally seem important for the design and implementation of policies.
The argumentation will be grounded in two assumptions. Firstly, social classes engage in stratification processes by everyday practices, participating in struggles over redistribution and/or by the attempts to set frameworks for debates on citizenship, representation etc. These activities can be analyzed as “class politics”. Secondly, while the social structure is generally constructed on the macro level, processes occurring locally seem to play a key role in shaping living conditions and opportunities for the citizens. These local contexts seem particularly under-studied.