It's not just a question of taste: Gentrification, the neighbourhood and cultural capital

GH Bridge

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Abstract

In this paper I explore elements of the relationship between deployments of cultural capital and neighbourhood change. Based on research in a gentrified neighbourhood of Bristol, England, I argue that for gentrifier households with children the need to reproduce (institutional) cultural capital in the education market can conflict with the desire to display (objectified) cultural capital via the gentrification aesthetic in the inner-urban neighbourhood. In the trade-off between aesthetics and education, education wins, resulting in a much more conventional suburban, exurban housing/neighbourhood career for onward-moving gentrifiers. I conclude by suggesting a more diffuse, provincial form of gentrification in which the different strands of cultural capital can conflict in urban space (rather than the smooth reproduction of cultural capital assumed by the idea of a gentrification habitus). It confirms that the intergenerational reproduction of an (urban) new middle class is likely to be confined to large metropolitan areas.
Translated title of the contributionIt's not just a question of taste: Gentrification, the neighbourhood and cultural capital
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1965 - 1978
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume38 (10)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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