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Introduction: locating gentrification in the Global East

Shin, Hyun Bang ORCID: 0000-0002-1103-9221, Lees, Loretta and López-Morales, Ernesto (2016) Introduction: locating gentrification in the Global East. Urban Studies, 53 (3). pp. 455-470. ISSN 0042-0980

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0042098015620337


This special issue, a collection of papers presented and debated at an Urban Studies Foundation-funded workshop on Global Gentrification in London in 2012, attempts to problematise contemporary understandings of gentrification, which is all too often confined to the experiences of the so-called Global North, and sometimes too narrowly understood as classic gentrification. Instead of simply confirming the rise of gentrification in places outside of the usual suspects of North America and Western Europe, a more open-minded approach is advocated so as not to over-generalise distinctive urban processes under the label of gentrification, thus understanding gentrification as constitutive of diverse urban processes at work. This requires a careful attention to the complexity of property rights and tenure relations, and calls for a dialogue between gentrification and non-gentrification researchers to understand how gentrification communicates with other theories to capture the full dynamics of urban transformation. Papers in this special issue have made great strides towards these goals, namely theorising, distorting, mutating and bringing into question the concept of gentrification itself, as seen from the perspective of the Global East, a label that we have deliberately given in order to problematise the existing common practices of grouping all regions other than Western European and North American ones into the Global South.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 12:23
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:03
Funders: Urban Studies Foundation

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