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 10: Non-normative sexualities and gentrification

Petra Doan


The relationship between non-normative sexualities and urban development is the focus of this chapter. The vast majority of the literature on sexuality in cities has focused on the Global North, especially Anglo-American cities in North America, Europe, and Australia, but it is evident that this is a more planetary issue. The chapter thinks through the diversity of same-sex attraction across the globe by reviewing and updating discussions in gentrification studies and beyond. Non-normative sexualities as both the pioneers of and victims of gentrification, including the demise of the gayborhood, are central debates. The chapter concludes that the complex ways in which capital and sexual orientation interact remain incompletely understood and that further research is needed on the relationship between non-normative sexualities and gentrification.

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