Chicago’s south side blues-scapes: Creeping commodification and complex human response

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This chapter provides an analysis of a black-owned blues club on Chicago's South Side that is currently undergoing a transformation. How are elite patterns of consumption shaping the decisions of black blues clubs' owners? Located in a two-mile area that is in the core of South Side's black "ghetto," blues clubs are under pressure to "upscale"--to transform their clubs into a more marketable commodity that provides pleasurable experiences for elites. How do the owners of these clubs decide what kind of social milieu they will cultivate as they seek to "produce pleasure and identity-nourishment for themselves and others in the club"? Will they transform their club into "a new playground for reverie and spectatorship for white elites"?
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeographies of Privilege
EditorsFrance Winddance Twine, Bradley Gardener
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780203070833
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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