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Who Has the Right to the Coworking Space?: Reframing Platformed Workspaces as Elite Territory in the Geomedia City
The University of Oslo (UiO), Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6309-2315
2024 (English)In: Space and Culture, ISSN 1206-3312, E-ISSN 1552-8308, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 48-62Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current research suggests that coworking spaces (CWS) both respond to and legitimize work precarization. This is an important critique. Less acknowledged, however, is the fact that CWS also (re)produce eliteness. Thus, to the aim of offering perspectives that remain underrepresented in CWS research, I here scrutinize CWS as promotors of class privilege. I build my case on the premise that class privilege has to do with more than merely economic superiority and seek to dismantle, in particular, the role of geomedia technologies in the (re)production of CWS eliteness. With clues derived from a literature review as well as analyses of real-life cases, I here recognize CWS as places of elite (non-)consumption, as hubs of elite mobility, as nodes in elite networks, and, ultimately, as elite territories in the (super-)gentrified geomedia city. I end my article by reflecting on the dialectics of CWS eliteness, thereby suggesting how precariousness and eliteness are interlinked.

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Sage Publications, 2024. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 48-62
Keywords [en]
coworking space, elite, geomedia, gentrification, social stratification
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Media and Communications Human Geography
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-96682DOI: 10.1177/12063312221090429ISI: 000811804000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85131812912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-96682DiVA, id: diva2:1796494
Available from: 2023-09-12 Created: 2023-09-12 Last updated: 2024-02-22Bibliographically approved

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