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The discursive construction of moral agents among Spanish-speaking Latin American retailers in Elephant & Castle

Marquez Reiter, R. and Patiño-Santos, A. (2017) The discursive construction of moral agents among Spanish-speaking Latin American retailers in Elephant & Castle Tilburg Papers in Cultural Studies (194).

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Abstract

This article examines the migratory experiences and the perceptions of community reported in interviews with two successful Spanish-speaking Latin American retailers based in Elephant and Castle (Southwark, London) in light of the regeneration of the area and the displacement of many of the principally Latin American small businesses and local residents therein. A general discourse analysis of how they construct themselves as moral migrant agents relative to their co-ethnics at such a critical moment highlights that one of the norms on which this community appears to be based holds that the best action is one that maximizes personal gain, and that community relations are primarily forged by the personally beneficial consequences of members’ actions towards themselves and one another. Although the interviewees migrated for primarily economic reasons and the area revitalization is likely to be financially beneficial to them, at least in the short-term, the socioeconomic threats faced by many of its members would, in theory, act as a catalyst for community solidification. Instead, a picture of a fragmented community emerges. The article contributes to our understanding of a relatively unexplored ethnic community within the diversity of London by reporting one-sided perceptions of the norms on which it is based.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Marquez Reiter, R.R.Marquez-Reiter@surrey.ac.uk
Patiño-Santos, A.
Date : 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 14 Aug 2018 14:29
Last Modified : 15 Aug 2018 07:49
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/848935

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