Relational positionality: Conceptualizing research, power, and the everyday politics of neoliberalization in Mexico City

  • Veronica Crossa School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy University College Dublin
Keywords: research process, field research, street vendors, relational positionality, subjectivity, power, politics, everyday politics, neoliberalism


In this paper, I engage in the critically reflexive exercise of thinking about positionality relationally and as a multi-faceted process that incorporates the fieldwork stage, but extends to other dimensions of the research endeavor. Drawing from my experience as a PhD student studying neoliberal policy efforts to change the image of Mexico City, I show how my positionality affected the development of my theoretical framework, which in turn framed the design and conduct of field research. The perspective I present is based on my position as a white, relatively affluent, woman with a Marxist-nourished background, engaging with poststructural perspectives and conducting ethnographic fieldwork with street vendors in Mexico City. Using the notion of relational positionality, I discuss how the multiple trajectories and relations that influence researchers’ subject formation affect different aspects of research, from the ontological to the methodological.
How to Cite
Crossa, Veronica. 1. “Relational Positionality: Conceptualizing Research, Power, and the Everyday Politics of Neoliberalization in Mexico City”. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 11 (1), 110-32.