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The only class in town? gentrification and the middle-class colonization of the city and the urban imagination

Watt, Paul (2008) The only class in town? gentrification and the middle-class colonization of the city and the urban imagination. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 32 (1), pp. 206-211. ISSN 0309-1317.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2008.00769.x

Abstract

This essay argues that Tom Slater's article makes several important points regarding what he rightly suggests is the disappearance of a critical edge from much of the recent gentrification literature. It explores one of these points in greater depth, i.e. the notion that the working class occupy a 'backstage' role vis-à-vis the analysis of gentrification. This is done via a discussion of gentrification and London's class structure in relation to the work of Tim Butler and Chris Hamnett. The essay makes a plea for more 'bottom up' accounts of gentrification which focus upon the urban working class, especially in relation to contemporary processes of policy-driven state-led gentrification.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): gentrification, working class, middle-class gentrifiers, state-led gentrification, Bourdieu, habitus, London, displacement, suburbanization, white flight
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 10:30
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2238

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