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 16: The gentrification of social housing

Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia


This chapter looks at the varied and precise causes, mechanisms and effects that can be attributed to social housing’s gentrification in diverse global landscapes. In many parts of the world, the privatization, demolition, reduction, replacement or transformation of social housing has become inseparable from processes of urban renewal and regeneration which enact the displacement or removal of lower-income groups from revalued city land in order to reach their goals of ‘middle-classification’. Mixed income policies have often been behind such programmes. Social housing is also of course, more than an instrument of policy. At its core, it is a lived experience of home and community. Its gentrification must therefore also be understood through the eyes of residents resisting these moves and proposing alternative logics of urban (and suburban, rural or peripheral) life. The chapter also looks at political resistance to the gentrification of public housing.

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