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Heritage and gentrification: remaking urban landscapes in the name of culture and historic preservation

(2018)
Editor
Chiara De Cesari and (UGent)
Organization
Abstract
This special issue explores the relationship between heritagization, shifting economies, and urban struggles in different cities around the globe. Our aim is to examine the conditions that have brought history, culture, an old/new urban aesthetics, real estate values, and housing struggles in a relational nexus by looking at the ways in which differently-situated actors mobilize the language of cultural heritage to act upon urban spaces. Ideas of what constitutes a beautiful and livable city are changing along with capital accumulation strategies and urban social geographies. The growing heritagization of historic neighborhoods enables local governments and real-estate developers to engender massive spatial and social changes in the urban landscape. City authorities renovate last swaths of urban fabrics in the name of historic preservation and of the ‘common good’, but this often means that local residents are evicted while private developers allied with these authorities realize huge profits by ‘regenerating’ depressed areas. Yet, local residents also resort to the language of cultural heritage to combat the destruction of their urban worlds. What are the consequences for those who cannot afford to live in the newly restored quarters? What kinds of heritage rhetoric are being mobilized by involved actors? How do rooted political cultures shape the local instantiation of this globalizing phenomenon? Recent urban struggles in the Middle East and Europe reveal an inextricable link between heritagization, gentrification, and urban politics. We invite contributors to submit papers dealing with such links between heritagization and housing struggles, evictions, cultural capitalism, and changing urban aesthetics. ​
Keywords
preservation, gentrification, urban space, Heritage

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Chicago
De Cesari, Chiara , and Rozita Dimova, eds. 2018. “Heritage and Gentrification: Remaking Urban Landscapes in the Name of Culture and Historic Preservation”. London: Taylor & Frances.
APA
De Cesari, C., & Dimova, R. (Eds.). (2018). Heritage and gentrification: remaking urban landscapes in the name of culture and historic preservation. London: Taylor & Frances.
Vancouver
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De Cesari C, Dimova R, editors. Heritage and gentrification: remaking urban landscapes in the name of culture and historic preservation. London: Taylor & Frances; 2018.
MLA
De Cesari, Chiara , and Rozita Dimova, eds. “Heritage and Gentrification: Remaking Urban Landscapes in the Name of Culture and Historic Preservation.” 2018 : n. pag. Print.
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