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    Symbolic capital and material inequalities: memorializing class and "Race" in the multicultural city

    Wells, Karen (2007) Symbolic capital and material inequalities: memorializing class and "Race" in the multicultural city. Space and Culture 10 (2), pp. 195-206. ISSN 1206-3312.

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    Abstract

    This article explores the symbolism of three objects that memorialize Brixton as a multiclass and multiracial space while eliding the inequalities that racialized and classed identities are inscribed with. Although each of the three objects were formed to commemorate very different moments in the history of British capitalism and in the struggle against apartheid, they are linked both by their location in this diverse neighborhood and by the ways that they smooth over the contradictions of the persistence, evident in public space, of sharp political and economic inequalities. Despite the very different intentions that lay behind the erection of these commemorative objects, they are inscribed with a shared claim that not only can a particular kind of British capitalism coexist with liberty and (racial) equality, but it is a precondition of both.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): antiapartheid, capitalism, memorial, class, race
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centre: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 16:03
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 12:00
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15390

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