Gentrification and difference : the case of Brixton and Brick Lane
This thesis examines one of the biggest property booms of the capital that led the way to processes of gentrification to penetrate into some postcolonial spaces of the metropolis. More specifically, the areas of Brixton and Brick Lane transform into the spatial laboratories for an interrogation into the politics of cultural dialogue within contemporary instances of 'ethnic' gentrification. To put it differently, this thesis attempts to shed some light on processes of inner-transformation, as a result to an exposure to different differences, to either disorient or reify the cultural bearings of the metropolitan subject; it reflects on multiple negotiations and constructions of cultural or 'ethnic' differences in relation to these spaces of diversity. In this sense, culture is transformed into the main discursive arena of the multicultural city, where different people from different backgrounds and incomes try to make sense of their lives, experiences and futures within contemporary postmodem-postcolonial London. At the same time, this thesis contributes to a genre of cultural narratives that try to perplex urban political economy's stories. It aims to render the city visible beyond the sphere of economics and manifest the complexities of contemporary processes of urban transformation and multicultural life at large.