Centre for Urban Studies

WPS No.13 | Gent, W. van & Jaffe, R. (2014) | Normalizing urban inequality: cinematic imaginaries of race, class and space in Amsterdam

Focusing on Amsterdam, this paper examines the role of racialized spatial imaginaries in legitimizing urban inequalities by reviewing the popular Dutch film "Alleen Maar Nette Mensen". What are the connections between race, class and space? How are these connections represented in this particular movie?

The authors show how cinematic imaginaries, incorporating colonial dichotomies, make the associations between specific places and populations appear natural. Therefore, this paper argues for increased attention to the urban imaginative geographies that normalize gentrifying cityscapes.

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20 June 2016