It is plausible that some of the very concerns that inspire social preservationists' attention to old-timers encouraged scholars to overlook social preservation or at least to leave it unexplored. Specifically, by emphasizing outcome and actors' economic positions, scholars forsook notice of a set of beliefs and practices that challenge the notion of the iconic pioneer whose culture and practices serve his economic interests and ensure gentrification's success. Paradoxically, those who wish to advocate for old-timers may have missed opportunities to join forces with preservationists or to take social preservation into account when formulating policy. These political concerns connect to an explanation for why social preservation was long unidentified: urban scholars' long-standing devotion to the study of political economy.
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