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Neo-Bohemia, Book of the Month, June 2010

The second edition of Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City by Richard Lloyd, Vanderbilt University, is now available! This eloquently-written ethnography examines bohemian culture within the broader context of its historical and economic implications.

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Praise for the first edition:


"Excellent…Lloyd's anthropology of this milieu is rich with observed detail [and] a thought-provoking sense of wider social dynamics."
Art in America
"This is fascinating, original and deeply humane sociology at its finest; [Lloyd] demonstrates that in the name of freedom, young people working in allegedly relaxed service-sector jobs waste years of their lives in a whirl of drugs, alcohol and deceptively low wages."—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

Neo-Bohemia brings the study of bohemian culture down to the street level, while maintaining a commitment to understanding broader historical and economic urban contexts. Simultaneously readable and academic, this book anticipates key urban trends at the dawn of the twenty-first century, shedding light on both the nature of contemporary bohemias and the cities that house them. The relevance of understanding the trends it depicts has only increased, especially in light of the current urban crisis puncturing a long period of gentrification and new economy development, putting us on the precipice, perhaps, of the next new bohemia.

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  1. Neo-Bohemia

    Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City, 2nd Edition

    By Richard Lloyd

    Neo-Bohemia brings the study of bohemian culture down to the street level, while maintaining a commitment to understanding broader historical and economic urban contexts. Simultaneously readable and academic, this book anticipates key urban trends at the dawn of the twenty-first century,...

    Published May 7th 2010 by Routledge