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 15: New-build gentrification

Mark Davidson


This chapter shows that the process of ‘new-build gentrification’ has proliferated over the globe during the past two decades. It shows that new-build gentrification takes radically different forms across place and time and produces a variety of neighbourhood class-based transformations. The process is traced through its defining features but it is argued that there are many aspects of this still-emerging process that we know too little about: a detailed account of the forms and evolution of new-build gentrification within and across contexts is yet to be written; existing work on comparative perspectives has failed to develop persuasive typologies of new-build gentrification; and we know too little about the varied forms and combinations of displacement associated with new-build gentrification. There is also a growing need to examine how new-build gentrification became a part of the broader urbanization process under neoliberal capitalism.

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