Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Claiming NeighborhoodNew Ways of Understanding Urban Change$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 18 May 2022

Building the Organization or Building the Community?

Building the Organization or Building the Community?

Community Development in a Time of Flexible Accumulation

(p.171) Chapter 8 Building the Organization or Building the Community?
Claiming Neighborhood

John J. Betancur

Janet L. Smith

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how community development can be caught in the trappings of flexible accumulation and even contribute to the displacement of the people it claims to represent. Focusing on the process of social engineering vis-à-vis mixed-income housing that the Chicago Housing Authority has been advancing through its Plan for Transformation, the chapter shows how creative destruction and the production of space for accumulation complicates our interpretation of community development practice. It first considers five community development approaches in Chicago before discussing how race and income help create the ghetto as a particular form of homogenous space that requires intervention. It also discusses the ways in which the representation of mixed-income communities is being used to advance gentrification, to classify the poor as either deserving or undeserving, and to further push them into super-ghettoes or destabilized neighborhoods occupied by poor nonwhites.

Keywords:   community development, flexible accumulation, social engineering, mixed-income communities, Chicago Housing Authority, creative destruction, race, income, ghetto, gentrification

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.