Cities of Whiteness (Antipode Book Series, Book 10 ) by Wendy S. Shaw

By Wendy S. Shaw

This groundbreaking ebook brings the examine of whiteness and postcolonial views to endure on debates approximately city change.A thought-provoking contribution to debates approximately city switch, race and cosmopolitan urbanismBrings the learn of whiteness to the self-discipline of geography, wondering the suggestion of white ethnicityEngages with Indigenous peoples' reports of whiteness – earlier and current, and with theoretical postcolonial perspectivesUses Sydney for example of a 'city of whiteness', contemplating traits comparable to Sydney's 'SoHo Syndrome' and the 'Harlemisation' of the Aboriginal neighborhood

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Political. The new locality studies have not only remained alert to a range of political issues that were brought to the geographical research agenda through structuralism, they have drawn on the contributions of poststructuralism and postmodernism in Human Geography and other disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, postcolonial and cultural studies. When Andrew Sayer (1989, 256) noted the swing back to the use of ‘case studies’ in human geography, he identified it as part of a more general ‘empirical turn’ and, more importantly, a growing concern for what ‘real people’, as opposed to ‘the ciphers of social theory’, were doing and thinking.

Gentrification’ is due for a conceptual overhaul but to do this properly would require writing a different book. 2 Sydney settlement in the twentieth century The majority of Australians live in suburbs. Mass migration to tracts of land that became ‘suburbia’ occurred during the housing shortages after World War II, which loosely resembled the North American phenomenon of ‘white flight’. Inner-city slum clearance, government and developer initiatives, improved transport links and the re-domestication of women – after war duties had taken them out of their homes – were all part of the building of Sydney’s suburbs (Murphy and Watson 1997).

This book contains a group of select stories, of specific moments garnered from the past, or documented as they happened. Although such moments can stand alone, as examples of the ways of whiteness in this city, they can also be drawn together to provide a much larger picture of neo-colonial/imperial power relations. To provide a broader disciplinary context for the stories of whiteness that follow, it is to the study of gentrification and urban cultures that I now turn. Cities as Cultural Constructions  Gentrification and Urbanism Geographers have a long history of interest in processes of urban transformation.

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