- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (February 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520264770
- ISBN-13: 978-0520264779
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination Hardcover – February 6, 2012
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Sarah Schulman's The Gentrification of the Mind is a bulwark against the collective loss of memory. AIDS, gentrification, the struggle for gay rights, the class war that has driven entire communities of artists, immigrants, and outsiders from the neighborhoods they createdall these things have been erased by the official culture. Schulman's book will make you rage and weep, and thenjust maybeorganize.”Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
"Hard-headed, sensitive, and informed, this book will make the confused world of urban redevelopment and gentrification make notably more sense. Schulman has a mind as clear as a bell in evening. You'll be glad you read it. I was."Samuel R. Delany, author of Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
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My new book, "This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995″ addresses gentrification in its final chapters. But Schulman's book explores gentrification in detail, using the AIDS plague as its central example. The common attitude today is that, "Oh, we took care of AIDS; it's no longer a problem," is a perfect example of how not only our neighborhoods become gentrified, but our very minds become colonized by ignorant attitudes largely propagated by members of the white elite class. Even some gays, more concerned with fitting in than with fighting for their rights, share the attitude.
Here's how Schulman defines gentrification: "Physically it is an urban phenomena: the removal of communities of diverse classes, ethnicities, races, sexualities, languages, and points of view from the central neighborhoods of cities, and their replacement by more homogenized groups. With this comes the destruction of culture and relationship, and this destruction has profound consequences for the future lives of cities."
Did you know that Manhattan and San Francisco used to be affordable for young artists, rebels, bohemians, and freaks to move to and find a home with people like themselves? Now only the rich can afford to move there, so they can be with other rich folk like themselves. Tell me with a straight face that this does not dumb down our culture, our arts, and create a bland, conformist complacency that keeps the rich in power and the poor in poverty.
I now live in Boston and sadly, the same is happening here. New two bedroom condos now go for a million!
Kudos to Sarah Schulman. I am seriously thinking of using this book in one of the classes I teach. Excellent read.
I have not read such a transformative nonfiction book since reading Pat Califia's "Public Sex" in 1994. This book is invigorating. There are so many sections that I loved; when she wrote about the dearth of lesbians in literature in chapter six, it was both a knife to the heart and a cry to battle.
This book was short enough not to intimidate me with academia, yet just the right length to compel me to buy Schulman's new book, "Conflict is not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair."
death of so many gay men with the gentrification of lower Manhattan. I lived
in the EV during the time period discussed in the book and could identify.
I knew many of the places and some of the people mentioned. It is still hard
to believe how an entire generation of gay men was wiped out. Yet the LGBT
community rose to the front lines. We must never forget this period & those
we lost. Schulman's book is a strong reminder