Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.

Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.

That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.

In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.

Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)

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Illustrations by Gabriel Picolo

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Durkheim’s insistence on preliminary definition… is primarily intended to sweep away prenotions, in other words the pre-constructions of spontaneous sociology, by constructing the system of relations that defines the scientific fact.

Pierre Bourdieu, “Provisional definition as a means of escaping from prenotions,” in “The craft of sociology”


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A society based on production for the sake of production is inherently anti-ecological and its consequences are a devoured natural world.
Bookchin - ‘Towards an Ecological Society’ (1980)

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Surreal Anatomical Collages by bedelgeuse

artist on tumblr

Travis Bedel aka bedelgeuse is a mixed media artist that creates anatomical collages from cutouts of vintage etchings and illustrations, combining them into anatomical, botanical, and other biological parts.

Travis says his artworks can range from ‘5 inches to 6 feet’. You can see many more of his collages on tumblr. He also sells prints through Society6 and original works through Etsy.

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A theory is exactly like a box of tools. It has nothing to do with the signifier. It must be useful. It must function. And not for itself. If no one uses it, beginning with the theoretician himself (who then ceases to be a theoretician), then the theory is worthless or the moment is inappropriate. We don’t revise a theory, but construct new ones; we have no choice but to make others. It is strange that it was Proust, an author thought to be a pure intellectual, who said it so clearly: treat my book as a pair of glasses directed to the outside; if they don’t suit you, find another pair; I leave it to you to find your own instrument, which is necessarily an investment for combat. A theory does not totalise; it is an instrument for multiplication and it also multiplies itself.

"Intellectuals and power: A conversation between Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze"

This transcript first appeared in English in the book ‘Language, Counter- Memory, Practice: selected essays and interviews by Michel Foucault’ edited by Donald F. Bouchard.

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opposition of the power of men over women, of parents over children, of psychiatry over the mentally ill, of medicine over the population, of administration over the ways people live…the main objective of these struggles is to attack not so much such and such an institution of power, or group, or elite, or class, but rather a technique, a form of power
Michel Foucault, The Subject and Power (via post-makhno)
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in fact the strength of the neo-liberal ideology is that it is based on a kind of social neo-darwinism: it is ‘the brightest and the best’, as they say at harvard, who come out on top (becker, the winner of the nobel prize for economics, developed the idea that darwinism is the basis of the aptitude for rational calculation which he ascribes to economic agents). behind the globalist vision of the international of the dominant groups, there is a philosophy of competence according to which it is the most competent who govern and who have jobs, which implies that those who do not have jobs are not competent. there are the ‘winners’ and the ‘losers’, there is the aristocracy, those I call the state nobility, in other words those people who have all the properties of a nobility in the medieval sense of the word and who owe their authority to education, or, as they see it, to intelligence, seen as a gift from heaven, whereas we know that in reality it is distributed by society and that inequalities in intelligence are social inequalities. the ideology of competence serves very well to justify an opposition which is rather like that between masters and slaves. on the one hand there are full citizens who have very rare and overpaid capacities and activities, who are able to choose their employer (whereas the others are at best chosen by their employer), who are able to obtain very high incomes on the international labour market, who are, both men and women, overworked (i recently read an excellent british study of these supercharged executive couples who perpetually jet around the world and earn more than they could dream of spending in four lifetimes…), and then, on the other side, there is a great mass of people condemned to borderlines jobs or underemployment.
pierre bourdieu, acts of resistance (via doxasavar)
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Well, um, actually, I took her to the planetarium. That’s where we had our first date. Um, she walked in and I had the room filled with lilies, her favorite flower. Then, Fred Astaire singing ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ came on the sound system, and the lights came down. And I got down on one knee and written across the dome in the stars were the words “Will you marry me?”

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