The Varying Strategies of Social Preservation

Japonica Brown-Saracino

in A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226076621
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226076645 | DOI:
The Varying Strategies of Social Preservation

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Social preservationists' practices fall into three general categories: (1) symbolic, as in the use of festivals, streetscapes, and artworks that celebrate old-timers or theater productions that criticize gentrification; (2) political, from protests against upscale development to membership on an affordable-housing task force; and (3) private, such as the decision to support old-timers' businesses and to resist selling property for profit. Of course, the lines between the categories sometimes blur. Symbolic practices are often overtly political. Private efforts often arise from political concerns, and political choices can be very personal. However, the categories isolate the medium through which preservationists work. This chapter first outlines the dimensions of each type of practice. Then it describes the practices typical of each site and how context shapes preservationists' strategies.

Keywords: social preservation; old-timers; symbolic practices; political choices; housing; businesses

Chapter.  16150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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