Superdiversiteit en hipsterificatie: Neoliberalisme, ongelijkheid en sociale mix in het Rabot te Gent

Translated title of the contribution: Superdiversity and hipsterification : Neoliberalism, inequality and social mix in Ghent

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Superdiverse neighborhoods are understood as challenges; as potential ghetto’s in need for a better social mix. In this paper, ethnographic linguistic landscape analysis (ELLA) is used to study the effects of the public-private city renewal policies. ELLA not only enables a distributional image of ‘het Rabot’, a small neighborhood in the periphery of Ghent in Belgium, but also to sketch a stratigraphy. The ideology of social mix, in combination with the inter-urban competition for tourists and middle class inhabitants results in the hipsterification of the neighborhood. The net effect, is a disruptive influx of a creative class.

Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)57-76
JournalTijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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