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Nostalgie / Nostalgia

Imaginierte Zeit-Räume in globalen Medienkulturen / Imagined Time-Spaces in Global Media Cultures


Edited By Sabine Sielke

Nostalgie boomt – als kulturelles Phänomen wie als Forschungsgegenstand. Was aber ist und wie wirkt Nostalgie? Dieses Buch zeigt auf, wie Nostalgie die Zeit anzuhalten sucht und unsere Wahrnehmung steuert. Eng verknüpft mit dem Aufkommen neuer Medientechnologien und Prozessen des Konsums schaffen Nostalgie und Retro imaginierte Zeit-Räume, die Vergangenes neu erfinden und sich Zukünftigem öffnen.

Nostalgia booms – both as cultural phenomenon and as research object. Yet what is nostalgia, and how does it work? This book shows how nostalgia aims at arresting time and channels our perception. Inextricably entwined with the rise of new media technologies and processes of consumption, nostalgia and retro create imagined time-spaces which reinvent the past and face the future.

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Brownstones and Basketballs: Brooklyn, Gentrification, and the Politics of Nostalgia (Nico Völker)


Nico Völker

Brownstones and Basketballs: Brooklyn, Gentrification, and the Politics of Nostalgia

Abstract: In Brooklyn, New York, processes of gentrification, redevelopment, and preservation have transformed the cityscape. This essay traces the surprising interconnections between two recent projects – Atlantic Yards and Prospect Heights – which, despite their distinct politics and cultural ambitions, make use of similar “nostalgias” to see their visions of the city fulfilled.

Over the last 20 years, Brooklyn, the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, has experienced a fundamental transformation that has restructured much of its territory. The sociologist Sharon Zukin, who has written extensively about New York City, describes Brooklyn in her 1995 book The Cultures of Cities thus: “It has been ghettoized in two senses, first, by a colonial relationship with Manhattan […] and second, by industrial decline and racial change, leading to a predominance of lower-income and minority-group residents. Brooklyn is the second-poorest borough, after the Bronx, in New York City” (213). Compare this to the tone in Zukin’s 2010 book Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places: “The new Brooklyn is different. It’s a place people come to, not a place they come from […] Brooklyn’s urban imaginary today combines hipsters and new immigrants, lifestyle media and blogs, and both desire to become the next cultural destination” (60). The borough’s transformation, that is, has gone beyond the mere “real” urban space of Brooklyn, but has created an “urban imaginary,” so that instead of constituting “just...

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