(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

The symbolic politics of gentrification : the restructuring of stigmatized neighborhoods in Amsterdam and Istanbul

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Urban and Regional Research Center, Univ., Utrecht, PAYS-BAS
(2) Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, School for Social Science Research, Amsterdam, PAYS-BAS


This article examines the dynamics of symbolic power as affixed to stigmatized neighborhoods in Istanbul and Amsterdam. It shows taht in both cases the promoters of gentrification adopted a strategy of ‘divide and rule’ as they differentiated the residents into various groups and fed into territorial, ethnic and class stigmatization. And that in both cases they also strategically used time: they first exhausted residents by having them wait anxiously for a prolonged period of time, and then put intense pressure on them to make them accept they had to leave. Both strategies—‘divide and rule’ as well as the timing of interventions—undermined or preempted effective resistance against gentrification.


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no6 [pp. 1369-1385]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1068/a45638

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