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 25: Immigration and gentrification

Geoffrey DeVerteuil


This chapter argues that immigration has all but been ignored in gentrification studies. The chapter proposes a fivefold typology of immigrant-gentrification relationships based on global cases: (1) immigrants as barriers to gentrification; (2) immigrants living side-by-side with gentrification, essentially a bubble model; (3) immigrants displaced by gentrification; (4) immigrants avoid gentrified areas a priori; and (5) immigrants are themselves gentrifiers, enclave-style. The fivefold typology holds value as a heuristic tool, building on stage models of gentrification. The potentially globe-spanning agent – the immigrant –moves us beyond merely considering gentrification as a globally mobile policy strategy, anchored in global cities and articulated by cosmopolitan subjects to considering the extralocal and the ‘elsewhere’. The chapter presents a case study of Koreatown in Los Angeles.

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