The articles in this symposium are drawn from a large and popular strand at a 2011 conference in Amsterdam, ‘The Struggle to Belong: Dealing with Diversity in 21st-Century Urban Settings’, organized by the University of Amsterdam for the Research Committee 21 (Urban and Regional Research), of the International Sociological Association. We are particularly grateful to Claire Colomb, Yuri Kazepov, Jan Duyvendak and colleagues from the Centre of Urban Studies for organizing the conference.
Power Relations and Social Mix in Metropolitan Neighbourhoods in North America and Europe: Moving Beyond Gentrification?
Article first published online: 28 APR 2014
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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 1133–1141, July 2014
How to Cite
Bridge, G., Butler, T. and Le Galès, P. (2014), Power Relations and Social Mix in Metropolitan Neighbourhoods in North America and Europe: Moving Beyond Gentrification?. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38: 1133–1141. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12125
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2014
- social mix;
- North America
Research on spatial segregation has suggested that social mix may be a temporary phase in class displacement, where relations between different groups are at best divided or ‘tectonic’, for instance in England. Political and policy discourses, by contrast, tend to uncritically valorize social mix as a means to breaking up concentrations of poverty and providing neighbourhoods with a middle-class voice. In the literature, little attention has been paid to power dynamics in socially mixed neighbourhoods and the implications this may have for understanding theory and policy. The five articles that make up this symposium address the ways in which social and ethnic groups interact in major cities in Europe and North America and, as the title suggests, this involves taking into account power relations, domination and negotiation between the different groups. There is a need to connect the experience of the deployment of power within neighbourhoods (and between them) with the discussions of power mechanisms at work in wider urban processes.