Dos nuevas co-publicaciones de Daniel Malet

Estos días han salido a la luz dos nuevos artículos de Daniel Malet junto a otros/as autores/as. Han sido publicados en las revistas internacionales Leisure StudiesSocial and Cultural Geography. El primero de ellos es un texto sobre el papel de los Erasmus, autoridades municipales y empresarios nocturnos en la pacificación, regeneración y conversión del distrito histórico lisboeta de Barrio Alto en un centro de ocio nocturno; el segundo, es una etnografía de las estrategias de flirteo en la sala de baile Club Carib (Lisboa), y cómo estas estrategias operan, en la negociación del espacio, bajo determinadas construcciones de raza, clase, capital cultural y género.

Malet Calvo, Daniel; Nofre, Jordi; Geraldes, Miguel (2016): The Erasmus Corner: place-making of a sanitised nightlife spot in the Bairro Alto (Lisbon, Portugal). Leisure Studies.

Nightlife economic activity has emerged as a key strategy in the regeneration of historical quarters. The case of the Bairro Alto district (Lisbon) exhibits a more gradual and distinct development caused by the marginal and transgressive practices of nightlife visitors, who have resisted its gentrification for decades. Some areas in the Bairro Alto (specially the upper side) have maintained their dangerous character and marginalisation for several years, even after the 2008 urban reform programme. It is only recently, with the growing presence of Erasmus students in Bairro Alto, that the upper side has finally become safe and sanitised through leisure activities. In this article, the interplay of several social actors (foreign students, municipal authorities, night-time entrepreneurs and Erasmus organisers) explains the process of place-making regarding the new Erasmus Corner. The spatial colonisation of this spot has accelerated social cleansing of the upper side of the neighbourhood, concluding the district’s night-time pacification.

Nofre, Jordi; Malet Calvo, Daniel; Cassan, Adán; Wodzinska, Sylwia D. (2016): Club Carib: a geo-ethnography of seduction in a Lisbon dancing bar. Social and Cultural Geography.

Over the last three decades, nightlife has become one of the most important time–spaces for the reproduction of human relationships. In this paper, we examine Club Carib, a particular nightlife space in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto neighbourhood. Our focus is on the flirting strategies that occur during dance sessions. We examine the ways in which these seduction strategies operate in relation to particular constructions of race, class, cultural capital and gender. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which young adult straight males use their bodies to negotiate the dance space. We describe how the dance space is an environment in which the (hetero)normative and patriarchal character of Lisbon’s nightlife is often reinscribed, but also at times contested.

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