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Places of privileged consumption practices: spatial capital, the dot-com habitus, and San Francisco's internet boom

Centner, Ryan (2008) Places of privileged consumption practices: spatial capital, the dot-com habitus, and San Francisco's internet boom. City and Community, 7 (3). pp. 193-223. ISSN 1535-6841

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Abstract

Drawing from interviews and fieldwork with former dot-com workers in San Francisco, this article examines how their spatialized consumption practices formed exclusionary places of privilege during the city's millennial boom of internet companies. I focus especially on the personalized deployment of uneven social power in situations where space is at stake. After considering how this group differed from a history of other urban newcomers, I develop a framework for addressing their spatial effects as gentrification involving privileged consumption practices that surpass residential encroachments. I argue there is an exertion of spatial capital that represents the misrecognition of territorial claims, enabling this cohort to literally take place. I show this through several consumption practices that convert to and from economic, cultural, and social capital. A concluding discussion reflects on the usefulness of this case and framework for reinvigorating key urban-sociological analytics while confronting influential but unsociological characterizations of contemporary city life.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6040.2008.00258.x
Additional Information: © 2008 American Sociological Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 13:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51108/

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