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Tilman Schwarze

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Tilman holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on the production of urban spaces in marginalised urban communities in American cities, particularily Chicago. He uses Henri Lefebvre's theories of space, the urban, and everyday life as theoretical-analytical frameworks in deciphering the complexity of everyday life and spatial production with a particular focus on the role of violence and racism in the transformation of urban social spaces. Drawing on mixed-methods qualitative research approaches to the study of everyday life and space production, his research foregrounds residents' lived experiences with territorial stigmatisation and how this stigmatisation contributes to gentrification-centered displacement processes.

Besides his research on the production of urban social spaces, Tilman is also interested in studying the communicative and performative function of violence in inter- and intra-group contexts. His article Social Rituals of Pain: The Socio-Symbolic Meaning of Violence in Gang Initiation (with Jeffrey Murer) was recently published in the International Journal of Culture, Politics, and Society (2020). Furthermore, his research focuses on the criminalisation of youth cultures, particularly Drill Music, through law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system.

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