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Japonica Brown-Saracino

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226076621

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226076645.001.0001

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Beyond Pioneering: Social Homesteaders as Uneasy Gentrifiers

Beyond Pioneering: Social Homesteaders as Uneasy Gentrifiers

(p.51) 2 Beyond Pioneering: Social Homesteaders as Uneasy Gentrifiers
A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Japonica Brown-Saracino

University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins by introducing two pioneers as background and contrast to the social homesteaders who are its focus. The first is Fred, a white gay man in his fifties who owns several prominent Provincetown businesses that serve gays and lesbians. Fred, who is athletic and classically handsome, moved to town in the 1980s with his partner and certainly fits the pioneer prototype. Like other pioneers, he was drawn to Provincetown by the excitement and sense of promise he associated with gentrification. Fred sold his law practice outside Boston so he “could start a whole new life, a new business. That was exciting.” He was also drawn to Provincetown because of qualities he associates with newcomers.

Keywords:   social homesteaders, Provincetown businesses, gays and lesbians, gentrification, pioneers, newcomers

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