ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on the multi-neighbourhood project in Buenos Aires that entailed comparative ethnography, extensive interviewing and archival research. Puerto Madero as the site of research is significant to the emerging issues on cities and redevelopment during globalization, and most centrally the ethnographic accounts of two types of resource activation, followed by concluding remarks on the usefulness of this case and its lessons. Prior to the most recent crisis, economic reforms were changing national and very localized circumstances in quite different ways. Puerto Madero was one such redeveloped landscape incorporating global aspirations, with the remaking of the waterfront tied to early adjustment reforms of privatization. The chapter discusses the mobile resources that signify a range of flows that specifically move amongst and can become activated in certain places around the world. It then highlights how people engage with translocal geographies without necessarily being migrants themselves.