Extensions: The Embodiment, Spatiality, Materiality, and Sociality of Neighboring in Danish Public Housing

Adriana de La Peña Espinosa New Publication

IUR Member Tina Gudrun Jensen has published an article in Space and Culture titled Extensions: The Embodiment, Spatiality, Materiality, and Sociality of Neighboring in Danish Public Housing.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork from a public housing area in Copenhagen, the article explores how dwelling, spatiality, materiality, sociality, and the senses interplay and inform different qualities of neighbor relations. Starting from the individual home space and moving to the space of the stair-case shared with other residents who live next door, below, or above, the article argues that neighbor relations constitute a practical embodied experience of the neighborhood. The article describes the condition of dwelling related to home as bestowing a certain embodied dimension to neighborhood relations. Furthermore, the article illustrates near-dwelling, or living near, as one distinctive context for neighbor relations, which involve material and sensorial aspects of neighboring. The article concludes that spatiality and materiality may condition yet not determine the nature of social relations among neighbors.

The publication is open access, and it’s available here.