‘Swimming Against the Tide’: Working-Class Discourse on Gentrification in North Brooklyn

  • Judith N. DeSena


DeSena’s chapter focuses on the once predominantly working-class neighbourhood of Greenpoint in northern Brooklyn to show how it is being destabilized by gentrification. Moreover, as gentrification is assisted by the large-scale development of luxury housing, upscale retail establishments and trendy entertainment venues, the cost of living continues to escalate, outpacing the economic resources of its working-class residents. Through the ‘stories’ of working-class residents, DeSena examines the perspective of working-class residents on gentrification, the effect that it has had on them and their strategies to maintain a place in their neighbourhood. The ethnography suggests that the working class exercises its activism through informal social networks and local traditional institutions.


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  • Judith N. DeSena
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  1. 1.St. John’s UniversityJamaicaUSA

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