Handbook of Gentrification Studies
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Handbook of Gentrification Studies

Edited by Loretta Lees and Martin Phillips

It is now over 50 years since the term ‘gentrification’ was first coined by the British urbanist Ruth Glass in 1964, in which time gentrification studies has become a subject in its own right. This Handbook, the first ever in gentrification studies, is a critical and authoritative assessment of the field. Although the Handbook does not seek to rehearse the classic literature on gentrification from the 1970s to the 1990s in detail, it is referred to in the new assessments of the field gathered in this volume. The original chapters offer an important dialogue between existing theory and new conceptualisations of gentrification for new times and new places, in many cases offering novel empirical evidence.
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Chapter 9: Gentrification-induced displacement

Zhao Zhang and Shenjing He

Abstract

In this chapter an all-encompassing approach is employed to provide an updated understanding of gentrification-induced displacement. After decades of theoretical exploration, gentrification-induced displacement is no longer treated purely as a side effect of gentrification in Euro-American cities, it is now seen to be a planetary process. The chapter looks at the shared global political economy behind this controversial form of socio-spatial transformation, but also its contextual factors, including countries’ institutional and economic frameworks. In addition, the shape, scale, form, and speed of gentrification-induced displacement is discussed, plus resistance to displacement. Institutionally constraining land and housing price speculation is put forward as one way of dealing with displacement, for example, taxation on land/housing speculation through legislation or intervening in speculation on state-owned land.

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