Turf Wars: Discourse, Diversity, and the Politics of Place is the fascinating story of an urban neighborhood undergoing rapid gentrification. * Explores how members of a multi-ethnic, multi-class Washington, DC, community deploy language to legitimize themselves as community members while discrediting others. * Discusses such issues as public toilets and public urination, the morality of co-ops and condos, and characterizations of good girls and bad boys. * Draws on linguistic anthropology and discourse analysis to provide insight into the ways that local activity shapes larger urban social processes. * Draws also on cultural geography and urban anthropology.
Gabriella Gahlia Modan (PhD Georgetown University) is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, The Ohio State University.
Gabriella Gahlia Modan
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Date of Publication
Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
New Directions in Ethnography
Place of Publication
Country of Publication
Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)