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Good Neighbors by Sylvie Tissot
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Jun 09, 2015 | ISBN 9781781687925

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“You don’t have to share Tissot’s politics to worry about the underlying dynamic she describes: Under almost any rules for civic engagement, people with resources and connections can steer the process to their own advantage. Even liberal values can disguise a form of control.”
Boston Globe

“Sylvie Tissot—a hip, brilliant, de Tocqueville of the post-’68 left—casts a fair but jaundiced eye on America’s plump underbelly of tolerant privilege and its flattened idea of diversity. A truly memorable account of gentrification and its discontents.”
—Michael Sorkin

“What is interesting about the South End story is what it reveals about gentrification generally, old or new, diverse or not.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“A powerful contribution to the rising tide of scholarship on global gentrification. It will make you think twice the next time you hear a neighbourhood celebrated as ‘vibrant’.”
—Thomas Meaney, Times Literary Supplement

Good Neighbors powerfully demonstrates how gentrifiers often fixate on the old (homes) and the marginally political (greenmarkets) so that they do not have to think about the displacement involved in neighborhood change and their own role in it.″
Public Books

“A penetrating analysis of the social practices and cultural strategies that turn slum neighborhoods into safe spaces for the rising elite. It’s an ethnography of Boston, but it sheds light on urban dynamics throughout the world.”
—Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo and Heat Wave

“A work of creativity and imagination that goes beyond the well-known gentrification arguments that have proliferated of late. A sure winner.”
—Michele Lamont, Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Studies, Harvard University

“A fascinating analysis of exclusion, lack of self-awareness and conflicting values.”
 —Next City

“Tissot’s anthropological approach yields a richness of detail about gentrifiers perhaps never equalled in previous studies.”
—Dennis E. Gale, Journal of Urban Affairs

“Because of the quality of the ethnographic enquiry and the relevance of the issues raised, this approach to gentrification allows Tissot to go beyond simplistic accounts of the sociological transformations of a neighborhood.”

“The rich material gathered during in-depth field enquiries and the invaluable archives collected from the inhabitants will win the skeptics over. A significant contribution to the debate surrounding progressive upper class culture.”
La Vie des Idées

“An original contribution to the [gentrification] debate. Tissot is a master in the art of sailing in the murky waters of ‘progressive’ discourses, and she does so without a pinch of salt.”

Good Neighbors is a solid and fruitful contribution to current debates around urban and social coexistence.”
Le Mouvement Social

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