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Lived difference: a narrative account of spatiotemporal processes of social differentiation


  • Gill Valentine
  • Joanna Sadgrove


This paper draws on empirical research conducted as part of a study funded by the European Research Council to explore how individuals understand and live processes of social differentiation. Specifically, it draws on a case-study-life story narrative to examine how social identifications unfold across biographical time, examining the spatiotemporal complexity of experiences of differentiation, and the marginalization of self and/or others. In doing so, it contributes to the geographies of encounter literature by exploring the implications of insights from an individual’s narrative of lived experiences of difference for group politics and the management of prejudicial social relations. Keywords: social difference, encounter, life story, moral disposition, transversal politics

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  • Gill Valentine & Joanna Sadgrove, 2012. "Lived difference: a narrative account of spatiotemporal processes of social differentiation," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 44(9), pages 2049-2063, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:44:y:2012:i:9:p:2049-2063

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