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A Neighborhood That Never Changes: Gentrification, Social Preservation, and the Search for Authenticity (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries)

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Newcomers to older neighborhoods are usually perceived as destructive, tearing down everything that made the place special and attractive. But as A Neighborhood That Never Changes demonstrates, many gentrifiers seek to preserve the authentic local flavor of their new homes, rather than ruthlessly remake them. Drawing on ethnographic research in four distinct communities—the Chicago neighborhoods of Andersonville and Argyle and the New England towns of Provincetown and Dresden—Japonica Brown-Saracino paints a colorful portrait of how residents new and old, from wealthy gay homeowners to Portuguese fishermen, think about gentrification.

 

The new breed of gentrifiers, Brown-Saracino finds, exhibits an acute self-consciousness about their role in the process and works to minimize gentrifications risks for certain longtime residents. In an era of rapid change, they cherish the unique and fragile, whether a dilapidated house, a two-hundred-year-old landscape, or the presence of people deeply rooted in the place they live. Contesting many long-standing assumptions about gentrification, Brown-Saracinos absorbing study reveals the unexpected ways beliefs about authenticity, place, and change play out in the social, political, and economic lives of very different neighborhoods.

About the Author

Japonica Brown-Saracino is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty fellow in the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola University Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface  ix

Acknowledgments 

 

Introduction

1  The Research Sites and Methods  

2  Beyond Pioneering: Social Homesteaders as Uneasy Gentrifiers  

3  Social Preservation  

4  The Varying Strategies of Social Preservation  

5  The Real People: Selecting the Authentic Old-Timer  

6  Locating Social Preservation  

7  Self-Representation: Old-Timers Perspectives  

Conclusion  

 

Appendix 1: Research and Sampling Methods 

Appendix 2: Interview Guide 

Notes 

References  Index 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226076638
Author:
Brown-saracino, Japonica
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Brown-Saracino, Japonica
Subject:
Gentrification -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 halftones, 3 maps, 10 tables
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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