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A Neighborhood That Never ChangesGentrification, Social Preservation, and the Search for Authenticity$
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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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The Real People: Selecting the Authentic Old-Timer

The Real People: Selecting the Authentic Old-Timer

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A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Japonica Brown-Saracino

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines four questions about preservationists' selection process. First, which longtime residents do they seek to preserve? Specifically, whom do they believe has the greatest claim to authentic community and, therefore, to a place? Second, what beliefs, stereotypes, and political-economic factors influence their association of a place with a particular group? Third, of what consequence are notions of authenticity for authenticators? For preservationists, what are the effects of associating community with traits they do not share? Finally, if definitions of authenticity affect preservationists—those with the privilege to select not only their own identity, but also, to an extent, that of their place of residence—what does this say about the power of authenticity and of ideology?

Keywords:   selection process, social preservation, old-timer, preservationists, community, place of residence, authenticity

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