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 13: Rethinking the gender–gentrification nexus

Bahar Sakızlıoğlu

Abstract

This chapter argues that it is time to reconsider the gender–gentrification nexus. Gentrification is a product of, and invariably involves changes in gender relations and the production of gender inequalities. Despite the expanding literature on gentrification, our knowledge on its relation to gender constitution remains limited. The chapter critically reviews the literature on gender and gentrification from the early 1980s up to today. The literature moved on usefully from considering simply the role of women in gentrification to understanding gentrification as part of gender constitution; that is, from a categorical understanding of gender to conceptualizing gender as a set of social relations that are fundamentally structured by power relations in society. Pinpointing the gaps in our knowledge regarding the nexus of gender and gentrification, the chapter calls for a comparative and intersectional approach in investigating gendered geographies of gentrification. It concludes by underlining the need for feminist engagement with knowledge production about gentrification, as well as feminist praxis to contest gendered inequalities and dispossessions involved in gendered geographies of gentrification.

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