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Darling, Eliza Jane

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Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
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Darling, Dr. Eliza Jane, Independent Scholar, Bristol, UK- To aid research and writing on 'The Sheltering Grove: The Gentrification of Adirondack Nature' - Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship

DR. ELIZA DARLING, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, United Kingdom, was awarded a Hunt Fellowship in October 2006 to aid research and writing on 'The Sheltering Grove: The Gentrification of Adirondack Nature.' This work contributes to the growing field of scholarship on rural gentrification, using the Adirondack Park in upstate New York as a case study. The study argues that the gentrification-induced displacement of the local working class in a central Adirondack community is symptomatic of a confluence of political economic and sociocultural circumstances that have turned the region into a factory for the production of a constellation of commodities whose value embodies the redemptive qualities of wilderness. The research draws together the literatures on urban social theory and rural studies to explore commonalities and dissonances across rural and urban iterations of gentrification and its attendant processes. The grantee posits rural gentrification as an outgrowth of the 'Arcadian regime of accumulation,' a specialized (and spatialized) aspect of flexible accumulation which has come to characterize post-productive rural landscapes whose economic strategies -- from ecotourism to second-home development -- are contingent upon the profitable production of experiences, identities and traditions related to broad cultural constructions of rural space, while manifesting in goods and services specific to particular rural places.