Making historical preservation in Chicago: Discourse and spatiality in neo-liberal times

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This article examines an underground but emergent neo-liberal initiative in US cities, historic preservation. A focus on Chicago's programme highlights this as a complex cultural project. The focus is on how narrativists of this programme use imagined mental spaces in discourse to constitute a programme- and neo-liberal-supporting cultural content for common consumption. The results suggst that this neo-liberal programme offers elaborate renditions of spatially infused heroes, villains, victims and unmistakable forces that function as cultural frame. This constituting, the study concludes, is crucial to bolstering assertions about the importance of this programme and the need for neo-liberal restructuring

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-59
Number of pages17
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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