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By Wendy S. Shaw

This groundbreaking booklet brings the examine of whiteness and postcolonial views to undergo on debates approximately city change.A thought-provoking contribution to debates approximately city switch, race and cosmopolitan urbanismBrings the examine of whiteness to the self-discipline of geography, wondering the proposal of white ethnicityEngages with Indigenous peoples' reports of whiteness – earlier and current, and with theoretical postcolonial perspectivesUses Sydney for example of a 'city of whiteness', contemplating tendencies akin to Sydney's 'SoHo Syndrome' and the 'Harlemisation' of the Aboriginal neighborhood

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And therefore] law-like’. The new locality studies offered ‘methodological challenge[s]’ because they would attempt to ‘hold the two [political economy and contextual explanations] in tension’ (Sayer 1989, 257). More general criticisms have come with critiques of the cultural turn, more generally. For instance, Blair Badcock (1996, 91), has expressed concerns about the ‘ ‘[l]ooking-glass’ views of the city’. Sayer (1993) remarked that some researchers were ‘more struck by the chasm between ‘‘the esoteria of postmodernism’’ [than] ‘‘what is happening outside’’ academia to ordinary people in our communities’; and Vera Chouinard was concerned that ‘working class and other disadvantaged groups .

Bonnett may have persistently steered geographers towards the idea of whiteness, but the ENCOUNTERING CITIES OF WHITENESS 31 innovative scholarship on the construction of dominant categories and majority groups, remains largely outside of the discipline of Geography. As Bonnett (1997, 193) identified, in 1997, ‘the racialised subjects of geographical enquiry have remained . . the same, namely the activities and inclinations of marginalized ethnic groups, most especially nonWhites’. This ‘effacement of the ‘‘white’’ subject’, and the continued focus on constructions of the ‘other’ (see also Robinson 1994) has reflected more than a disciplinary unwillingness to engage.

Lees (1994) suggested that analyses of capital and culture do need to be complementary in order to venture beyond the culture/class divide, and more inclusively account for gentrification processes. Jackson 20 ENCOUNTERING CITIES OF WHITENESS (1995) noticed that culture (in a broader than conventional definition, which tends to refer to ‘high culture’, to theatre and art galleries) was inseparable from economy. Using two American urban examples as case studies, he identified the ‘cultural encoding’ within the economics of investment in the built environment.

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