A journey into the liberal upper middle class. The discovery of the South End ; Proximity to and distance from the research subjects -- The birth of a local elite in a working-class neighborhood. The triumph of resident participation... ; ... For which residents? ; A neighborhood elite -- Philanthropic adventurers. Private property and social conscience ; Love and control of diversity -- Creating historical heritage. Connoisseurs, conservatives ; Brick and wrought iron ; Cultural distinction versus public housing ; An historic neighborhood or an artistic one? -- Conquering the nooks and crannies. Controlling and marking space ; Social mixing, animal mixing -- Conclusion. The making of the upper liberal middle class. A mobilized class.
"Does gentrification destroy diversity? Or does it thrive on it? Boston's South End, a legendary working-class neighborhood with the largest Victorian brick row house district in the United States and a celebrated reputation for diversity, has become in recent years a flashpoint for the problems of gentrification. It has born witness to the kind of rapid transformation leading to pitched battles over the class and race politics thoughout the country and indeed the contemporary world. This subtle study of a storied urban neighborhood reveals the way that upper-middle-class newcomers have positioned themselves as champions of diversity, and how their mobilization around this key concept has reordered class divisions rather than abolished them"--Jacket
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Sociala förhållanden (sao)
Middle class -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Attitudes. (LCSH)
Gentrification -- Massachusetts -- Boston. (LCSH)
Cultural pluralism -- Massachusetts -- Boston. (LCSH)
Cultural fusion -- Massachusetts -- Boston. (LCSH)