Selling Ethnic Neighborhoods

Selling Ethnic Neighborhoods: The Rise of Neighborhoods as Places of Leisure and Consumption

edited by Volkan Aytar and Jan Rath

(Routledge Advances in Geography). New York: Routledge, 2012
Paperback, 176 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-415-89959-8 (hbk)
ISBN: 978-0-203-17286-5 (ebk)
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While ethnic neighborhoods are usually associated with poverty, crime and social problems, they have also emerged as places of leisure and consumption, providing opportunities for numerous entrepreneurs and employees. Local and national governments and other regulatory actors, as well as the media, have started to see and promote these neighborhoods as urban attractions for tourists, city dwellers and others. This book aims to analyze the roles of ethnic entrepreneurs and their associations and governments, and – by extension – of consumers and other actors in the rise of ethnic neighborhoods as places of leisure and consumption. Through case studies, it situates those neighborhoods at the edge of different theoretical debates about urban political economy and the politics of culture, and seeks a dynamic synergy between both.



Introduction: Ethnic Neighborhoods as Places of Leisure and Consumption
Volkan Aytar and Jan Rath


1. Urban Ethnic Tourism in New York’s Neighborhoods: Then and Now
Johannes Novy


2. Ethnic Minority Restaurateurs and the Regeneration of ‘Banglatown’ in London’s East End
Stephen Shaw and Sue Bagwell


3. Gateways to the Urban Economy: Chinatowns in Antwerp and Brussels
Ching Lin Pang


4. Kreuzberg’s Multi- and Inter-cultural Realities: Are They Assets?
Johannes Novy


5. Sanitizing the Metropolis of Leisurely Consumption: A Missed Chance to Re-invent Entrepreneurial Dynamism in Sulukule, Istanbul
Volkan Aytar and Suheyla Kırca-Schroeder


6. When Diversity Meets Heritage: Defining the Urban Image of a Lisbon Precinct
Catarina Reis de Oliveira


7. Symbols of Ethnicity in a Multi-ethnic Precinct: Marketing Perth’s Northbridge for Cultural Consumption
Kirrily Jordan and Jock Collins


8. Risotto and Zighiní? Milano’s Lazzaretto between Multiculturalism and Insecurity
Roberta Marzorati and Fabio Quassoli


About the contributors
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