Edited by Loretta Lees and Martin Phillips
Chapter 25: Immigration and gentrification
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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