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 22: Wilderness gentrification: moving ‘off-the-beaten rural tracks’

Darren Smith, Martin Phillips and Chloe Kinton


This chapter explores the links between rural gentrification and wilderness gentrification, seen also as ‘greentrification’. In so doing it looks at antithetical concepts, such as gentrification and wilderness, the former being associated with areas of humanly constructed built environments that act as housing for people, whilst the latter is associated with spaces showing little or no trace of human habitation. The chapter suggests that assumptions about rural gentrification and wilderness gentrification being somewhat different may need to be reviewed. Gentrification scholars may need to look again at claims that wilderness provides the basis for its own strand of gentrification based on recreational as opposed to residential capital. The chapter also takes the idea of wilderness gentrification outside of North America to England and Wales in the UK where dominant social and cultural representations of wilderness are closely tied to the geographic distribution of National Parks, finding rural gentrification in wilderness areas.

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