Turf Wars: Discourse, Diversity, and the Politics of Place

Turf Wars: Discourse, Diversity, and the Politics of Place

Author(s): Gabriella Gahlia Modan

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405129565

Online ISBN: 9780470773970

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773970

About this Book

Turf Wars: Discourse, Diversity, and the Politics of Place is the fascinating story of an urban neighborhood undergoing rapid gentrification.

  • Explores how members of a multi-ethnic, multi-class Washington, DC, community deploy language to legitimize themselves as community members while discrediting others.
  • Discusses such issues as public toilets and public urination, the "morality" of co-ops and condos, and characterizations of "good" girls and "bad" boys.
  • Draws on linguistic anthropology and discourse analysis to provide insight into the ways that local activity shapes larger urban social processes.
  • Draws also on cultural geography and urban anthropology.

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