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dc.contributor.advisorZavisca, Jane
dc.contributor.authorBenites-Gambirazio, Eliza
dc.creatorBenites-Gambirazio, Eliza
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-21T23:36:55Z
dc.date.available2019-06-21T23:36:55Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/632990
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the work of real estate professionals (brokers and salespersons) on a local housing market and highlights how their professional activities contribute to influence transaction outcomes such as pricing, product and neighborhood preferences. Departing from the theoretical framework of market intermediaries, which posits that the exchange of goods is not based upon an automatic price matching between supply and demand, the research explores the formal and informal socialization of agents through a set of norms and rules to behave as market professionals; the use of social relationships to profit-making ends; and the participation of agents in the process of creating symbolic and market value by influencing preferences and prices, generating important implications for social and racial segregation. At the intersection of cultural, urban and economic sociology, this work sheds light on the dynamics of a market with intermediaries to refine our understanding of housing inequalities. Conducted between 2013 and 2016 in Tucson, Arizona, the research draws on ethnographic fieldwork throughout different entries and sites of fieldwork – at the local real estate school, at two real estate companies and observing interactions between agents, buyers and sellers during various moments of the transaction – and interviews (N= 79) with real estate agents with variation on experience and status within the field, on class, gender and race were also conducted. These interviews and ethnographic observations serve to analyze the discursive and behavioral aspects of market work, how agents both talk and act on the market to create the conditions for market interactions such as selling and buying a house. The dissertation research investigates first the acquisition of socio-professional dispositions and the ethos of the real estate agent. It objectifies the professional culture in which real estate agents are socialized and the inculcation of professional dispositions; second, it examines the discovery of the client or the relational mechanisms of trust and client capture. It rests on a game of anticipations which must accurately decipher the social and symbolic horizon of clients. Third, the research evidences the matching of supply and demand or the contribution to clients’ preferences, pricing and location of the goods. It analyzes the professional and market practices around the encounters between agents and their clients, and the supply and demand of goods, envisions as social, physical and symbolic products. In observing working practices through multiple interactions, the research sheds light how real estate agents shape access to the territory, inequalities and reproduction mechanisms.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.
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dc.subjecteconomic relations
dc.subjectgender
dc.subjectreal estate
dc.subjecturban
dc.subjectwork
dc.titleWorking as a Real Estate Agent Dispositions, Matching & the Production of Market Inequalities
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dc.typeElectronic Dissertation
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizona
thesis.degree.leveldoctoral
dc.contributor.committeememberGalaskiewicz, Joseph
dc.contributor.committeememberPoupeau, Franck
dc.contributor.committeememberSallaz, Jeffrey
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate College
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.namePh.D.
refterms.dateFOA2019-06-21T23:36:55Z


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