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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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(p.191) Conclusion
Claiming Neighborhood

John J. Betancur

Janet L. Smith

University of Illinois Press

This book has highlighted the shortcomings of both mainstream and critical approaches used to explain how and why neighborhoods change by focusing on the case of Chicago. The evidence it has presented shows that neighborhoods are important yet limited spaces for study, policy making, and activism. This concluding chapter discusses the three broad categories of forces that shape neighborhood space and change over time in the current regime, both conceptually and practically: flexible accumulation, accumulation by expropriation, and the production of new space whose identity is driven by socialized consumership. It also offers a grounded set of recommendations for a different approach to how we study, document, and experience the realities of neighborhood change, arguing, for example, that we must view every neighborhood as constituted and specifically as a product for consumption or confinement; look for evidence of efforts to produce differential spaces in order to understand how and why some neighborhoods change and others do not; and historicize neighborhoods and explanations for why they change.

Keywords:   neighborhood, Chicago, neighborhood space, flexible accumulation, accumulation, socialized consumership, expropriation, neighborhood change, differential space

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