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A Neighborhood That Never Changes: Gentrification, Social Preservation, and the Search for Authenticity

Japonica Brown-Saracino

Abstract

Newcomers to older neighborhoods are usually perceived as destructive, tearing down everything that made the place special and attractive. But as this book 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—the book portrays how residents new and old, from wealthy gay homeowners to Portuguese fishermen, think about gentrification. The new breed of ... More

Keywords: gentrifiers, Chicago, Andersonville, Argyle, New England, Provincetown, Dresden, gentrification, authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226076621
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226076645.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Japonica Brown-Saracino, author