By Gabriella Gahlia Modan
Turf Wars: Discourse, range, and the Politics of position is the interesting tale of an city local present process quick gentrification.Explores how participants of a multi-ethnic, multi-class Washington, DC, neighborhood installation language to legitimize themselves as group individuals whereas discrediting others.Discusses such matters as public bogs and public urination, the "morality" of co-ops and condos, and characterizations of "good" ladies and "bad" boys.Draws on linguistic anthropology and discourse research to supply perception into the ways in which neighborhood job shapes higher city social processes.Draws additionally on cultural geography and concrete anthropology.
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The history of disenfranchisement, along with that of migration patterns into the neighborhood, lays the groundwork for understanding something about why the struggles over rights and representation are so intense in Mt. Pleasant. 1 DC license plate © Jennifer Leeman environment. The rest of this chapter, then, describes the history of the city and the neighborhood, as well as how spaces in the neighborhood are structured and how people use and navigate them. Part I: The History Founding the city and roots of alienation Today it may seem odd to have a city that exists on its own without the structural support of a state, but there was a motivated reason behind this: the US constitution called for the capital to be placed within a district that was located outside of any state borders, so that national concerns would not be colored by the local interests of representatives who were residents of a state that housed the capital.
The conversation in question, which started out as a discussion of old stereo speakers, occurred one night in my apartment after dinner at some friends’. The friends wanted to go to sleep, so those guests who wanted to continue the evening came to my apartment. The conversation shows the complexity of local musings on ethnicity. And perhaps these particular speakers’ own ethnic backgrounds (AfroDominican, Jewish Honduran, Salvadoran-Mexican American) inﬂuence their awareness of such complexity.
The neighborhood’s main commercial corridor. The business association membership was multi-ethnic (White, Black, Latino from a number of different countries, Pakistani, Korean, Iranian). Participants in the casual conversations reﬂected the demographics of those in the interview data: Most belonged to the neighborhood’s three major ethnic groups (Latino, White, and African American). They ranged in age from 7 to 72, although most were in their thirties and forties. Some had lived in Mt. Pleasant all their lives, while others had been there for as little as two years.
Turf Wars: Discourse, Diversity, and the Politics of Place by Gabriella Gahlia Modan