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dc.contributor.advisorSampson, Robert J.
dc.contributor.authorKaliner, Matthew Erik
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-25T18:58:02Z
dc.date.issued2014-02-25
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.citationKaliner, Matthew Erik. 2014. Art, Crime, and the Image of the City. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11306en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11744462
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores the symbolic structure of the metropolis, probing how neutral spaces may be imbued with meaning to become places, and tracing the processes through which the image of the city can come to be - and carry real consequences. The centrality of the image of the city to a broad array of urban research is established by injecting the question of image into two different research areas: crime and real estate in Washington, DC and the spatial structure of grassroots visual art production in Boston, Massachusetts. By pursuing such widely diverging areas of research, I seek to show the essential linkage between art and crime as they related to the image of the city and general urban processes of definition, distinction, and change. And yet, the research pursued here offers a mixed appraisal of strategies that pin urban prospects to image and image manipulation, from the great crime decline of the past two decades to the rise of the creative economy and application of urban branding campaigns. Across the analyses, I highlight tension between expectations of change and the essentially conservative forces of image. Far from rebranding the city, culture is shown to play a key role in locking in inequalities, undermining revitalization efforts, and generally explaining the reproduction and persistence of place over time, following the logic of the "looking glass neighborhood." Thus, culture is not nearly the tool to revalorize, relabel, and transform place so well depicted in studies nor do the buzz of cultural events shape markets and communities as effectively in "offcenter" cities. Place is not fixed for good, and can be "re-accomplished," albeit through decades-long demographic, cultural, and political processes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSociologyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectartist neighborhoodsen_US
dc.subjectimage of the cityen_US
dc.subjectneighborhooden_US
dc.subjectreputationen_US
dc.subjectspatial analysisen_US
dc.subjecturban studiesen_US
dc.titleArt, Crime, and the Image of the Cityen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorKaliner, Matthew Erik
dc.date.available2014-02-25T18:58:02Z
thesis.degree.date2014en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWilson, Williamen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWinship, Christopheren_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedKaliner, Matthew Erik


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