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Culture, capital and the big screen: tracing the changing dynamics of gentrification in the films of Woody Allen

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This paper undertakes an analysis of the shifting dynamics of gentrification through the lens of the films of Woody Allen. With his focus upon the spaces of residence and high-end consumption for the upper and middle classes, the paper argues that Allen’s films can be used as a lens to examine the changing dynamics of gentrification in contemporary (Western) cities from something deemed almost novel in the 1970s, to a dominant approach to urban transformation in the early twenty-first century. In so doing, the paper demonstrates the constant tension between the desire to carve out a particular urban idyll and that of a sense of loss perceived by gentrifiers themselves of the rate of change taking place in the contemporary city.
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Keywords: Gentrification; London; New York; Woody Allen; film geography; global city; urban change

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland

Publication date: March 16, 2018

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