From number to name: symbolic capital, places of memory and the politics of street renaming in New York City

@article{RoseRedwood2008FromNT,
  title={From number to name: symbolic capital, places of memory and the politics of street renaming in New York City},
  author={Reuben Rose-Redwood},
  journal={Social & Cultural Geography},
  year={2008},
  volume={9},
  pages={431 - 452}
}
Numerous studies have highlighted the importance of street naming as a strategy for constructing ‘places of memory’. This paper draws upon Bourdieu's theory of symbolic capital to examine two key moments in the history of street renaming in New York City: the renaming of the avenues on Manhattan's Upper West Side in the latter nineteenth century and the street renamings in Harlem a century later. The aim of such a comparative case study approach is to demonstrate how the symbolic capital… Expand
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