An Alternative to the Dominant Academic Narrative

  • Geoffrey MossEmail author
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Lawrenceville’s artistic enclave is centered on the activities of struggling artistic gentrifiers within a post-industrial context. In this chapter, I begin by organizing existing scholarly research findings and theoretical assertions about such enclaves into four major themes. These themes constitute what I refer to as the dominant academic narrative about post-industrial artistic enclaves. This narrative maintains, in short, that in major urban centers, struggling artistic gentrifiers continue to express antagonism toward and opposition to a post-industrial bourgeoisie that welcomes and benefits from, but ultimately displaces their artistic enclaves. I then discuss Lawrenceville’s artistic creative class enclave, maintaining that the existence of such an enclave constitutes an alternative to the dominant academic narrative. Finally, I compare Lawrenceville’s artistic enclave to three related community types.


Bohemia Neo-bohemia Mele Lloyd Artistic enclaves Artistic communities Zukin Loft living Post-industrial city Creative class 


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  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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