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Claiming NeighborhoodNew Ways of Understanding Urban Change$
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John J Betancur and Janet L Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040504

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040504.001.0001

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Recasting Race/Ethnicity

Recasting Race/Ethnicity

The Gentrification of Bronzeville and Pilsen

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(p.46) Chapter 3 Recasting Race/Ethnicity
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Claiming Neighborhood
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John J. Betancur

Janet L. Smith

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040504.003.0003

This chapter examines how race and ethnicity get attached to neighborhood change by comparing and contrasting the presumed gentrification of two Chicago neighborhoods, Pilsen and Bronzeville: the first is predominantly black and the other is predominantly Latino. More specifically, it considers the role played by representations in the process of facilitating a neighborhood's shift toward gentrification. Drawing on observations in both Pilsen and Bronzeville, it analyzes the notion that tension arises because the higher-income households tend to identify by class rather than race or ethnicity, while the lower-income households do the opposite. It argues that both reactions to neighborhood change are opposite sides of the same coin and linked to the widespread acceptance of higher-income, usually white people displacing lower-income, usually nonwhite people.

Keywords:   race, ethnicity, neighborhood change, gentrification, Chicago, Pilsen, Bronzeville, higher-income households, class, lower-income households

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