‘There’s nowhere wonky left to go’: Gentrification, queerness and class politics of inclusion in (East) London

Burchiellaro, O. 2021. ‘There’s nowhere wonky left to go’: Gentrification, queerness and class politics of inclusion in (East) London. Gender, Work & Organization. 28 (1), pp. 24-38. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12495

Title‘There’s nowhere wonky left to go’: Gentrification, queerness and class politics of inclusion in (East) London
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBurchiellaro, O.
Abstract

This article explores the class politics of inclusion. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork, I examine a community campaign organized to oppose the closure of a pub to make way for urban redevelopment and the local Council’s and property developers’ proposal to be ‘inclusive’ by planning a ‘replacement LGBT venue’ on its former site. Through this case study, the article shows the struggle surrounding the ‘norms of intelligibility’ imposed onto working-class and ‘queer’ expressions of sexuality in the attempt to gentrify a disadvantaged urban space. The article contributes to extant critical discussions of inclusion by unveiling the struggle surrounding the classed normative conditions attached to it. It further adds to queer perspectives on organization by showing how inclusion is predicated on ‘straightening up’ the ‘wonkiness’ of ‘queer(ness)’ in the pursuit of profit.

JournalGender, Work & Organization
Journal citation28 (1), pp. 24-38
ISSN0968-6673
Year2021
PublisherWiley
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License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12495
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12495
Publication dates
Published12 Jan 2021
Published online22 Jun 2020
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License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)

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