Friendships geographies offer a novel meso-scale of analysis to the study of spatialized social phenomena such as the city. This new field allows to revisit known object, but also to create new découpages of the political and economical challenges of today, unveiling unforeseen social mechanisms embedded in the globalization process; technological developments; the dematerialization of information; and great national and transnational mobility. These conditions have resulted in a restructuration of the social fabric at both local and global scale, and now call to revise the epistemological and ontological constructs that have prevailed.
A new paradigm is on the rise in geography, as sociality processes (kinship, friendship, virtual mediation) are becoming more and more determinant in social, political and economical behaviors. To address this upcoming challenge, I engaged in a research project that connects the methodological framework of friendship geographies, and tools and concepts derived from the study of relational space developed by axiomatic geography.
This project takes place in the Cities Research Cluster of the National University of Singapore and the Future Cities Laboratory of the ETH Zürich Singapore Centre. This project parallels ETHOPOLIS GENEVA on the ethical analysis of spatial practices, and partial results from a series of achieved research projects conducted in Singapore by the Cities Research Cluster on identity, citizenship and perception of globalization.
The project received funding from the Swiss National Sciences Foundation.