By Denise Lawrence-Zuniga
Bridging structure, anthropology, making plans, and concrete stories, its new angle combines a learn of ancient protection with multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, to shed attention-grabbing mild on problems with background, renovation, gentrification, classification, ethnicity, and contested values in suburbia. those are topics which achieve a long way past the environment of the book's concentration in California to the touch on topical debates in towns, suburbia, and gentrifying neighborhoods worldwide.
At the center of the ebook is a close comparative ethnography of maintenance practices and the altering landscapes of 5 suburban towns, the place prosperous householders have all started to revive their early twentieth-century homes in neighborhoods as soon as struggling with decline. now not each neighbor, besides the fact that, stocks an analogous aesthetic values, and intricate dynamics can come up. The examine compares reports in 5 varied towns, and in several long term, immigrant, and gentrifying populations. subject matters printed contain house owner recovery practices, aesthetic contestations, neighborhood advocacy, and public coverage, along an exploration of the social building of the historical recovery strategy, and the way householders build 'historical' that means of their houses and neighbourhoods. those are issues with effects for nationwide and international settings – of curiosity at any place contested protection aesthetics and rules are reshaping older residential neighbourhoods and their social dynamics.
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Protecting Suburban America: Gentrification, Advocacy and the Historic Imaginary by Denise Lawrence-Zuniga