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Hamburg: paradoxes and conflicting representations of a working-class metropolis

Abstract : This contribution intends to study the metropolisation process in Hamburg, taking into account the strong polycentrism of the German economy where several metropolises are competing for international leadership. The public and private actors of the second biggest agglomeration of the country are striving for the rise of the upper economic functions of the city; they are carrying out ambitious urban renewal projects. A focus will be made on the consequences of those transformations on urban forms, and the gentrification process that is occurring at the same time in the city centre, led by the upper middle class and superior services. However, the popular and industrious character of the port town of Hamburg gives rise to original, violent reactions. Several local alternative groups are strongly rejecting the metropolisation process, which they consider to be ill-suited to the working-class identity of Hamburg.
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Samuel Depraz. Hamburg: paradoxes and conflicting representations of a working-class metropolis. Europa Regional, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig 2018, Germany from a French perspective, 25 (3-4), pp.54-67. ⟨halshs-02124746⟩



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