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Symbolism, Collective Identity, and Community Development

Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
Societies 2018, 8(3), 81;
Received: 28 July 2018 / Revised: 1 September 2018 / Accepted: 4 September 2018 / Published: 10 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community Development for Equity and Empowerment)
A focal point of this article is symbols (e.g., flags) and how low-income communities use them to construct ownership over spaces that would have otherwise been inaccessible to them. This conception of contested ownership through symbolism helps us to elaborate the main point of this article: how low-income communities continuously battle gentrification through symbols. The following article employs interviews and a theoretical framework on symbols and collective ethnic identity to understand how they operate in the appropriation of space by applying a case study of Humboldt Park, Chicago, and the Puerto Rican community. View Full-Text
Keywords: community development; gentrification; identity; Puerto Ricans; Chicago community development; gentrification; identity; Puerto Ricans; Chicago
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