Turf Wars: Discourse, Diversity, and the Politics of Place
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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- Explores how members of a multi-ethnic, multi-class Washington, DC, community deploy language to legitimize themselves as community members while discrediting others.
- Discusses such issues as public toilets and public urination, the “morality” of co-ops and condos, and characterizations of “good” girls and “bad” boys.
- Draws on linguistic anthropology and discourse analysis to provide insight into the ways that local activity shapes larger urban social processes.
- Draws also on cultural geography and urban anthropology.