SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Carrie Benjamin

BA(University of California, Irvine) MA(George Washington University)
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Carrie Benjamin
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

PhD Student

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Ms Carrie Benjamin
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Thesis title:
'There goes the neighbourhood': Urban renewal, belonging, and working-class Paris (provisional)
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My research looks at the effects of 30 years of urban renewal on neighbourhood relationships in northern Paris. My fieldwork, which was conducted in 2013-2014, looks at three sites within the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood - an ‘exotic’ market, a mosque demolition/construction site, and a community garden - to analyze how urban renewal is creating new opportunities for community formation and new spaces of conflict. I am particularly interested in the everyday contestations of memory and public space that produce competing discourses of what it means to be and belong in gentrifying Paris.


2015. Review of Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal by Mamadou Diouf, Journal of Religion in Africa.


2015. Creating 'home' on the street: working-class migrants and the domestication of public space. AAA Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

2015. At home on the street: How working-class migrants use public space in Paris. RC21, Urbino, Italy.

2015. The sadaqa economy: Recreating a sacred place in gentrifying Paris. Anthropology in London Day.

2014. 'They are building us a new mosque': Gentrification, place-making and sadaqa in Paris. AAA Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

2014. Policing and Social Activism in Château Rouge, Paris. XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan.

2014. Neighbourhood Watch: the Policing of Château Rouge. 21st International Conference of Europeanists, Washington DC.


  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology
  • Council for European Studies


immigration; urban anthropology; gentrification; civic activism; racialisation and whiteness; space/place; France; Europe