Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement

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Under contemporary capitalism the extraction of value from the built environment has escalated, a phenomenon working in tandem with other urban processes to lay the foundations for the exploitative processes of gentrification worldwide. Global Gentrifications critically assesses and tests the meaning and significance of gentrification in places outside the usual suspects of the Global North. Informed by a rich array of case studies from cities in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Southern Europe, and beyond, the book illuminates both the geographical generalities and specificities associated with the uneven process of gentrification globally. Highlighting the intensifying global struggles over urban space, it underlines gentrification as a growing and important battleground in the contemporary world, making the book a vital resource for students and academics as well as policy makers, planners, and community organizations.

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Loretta Lees is professor of human geography and director of research in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester, UK. She is coeditor, most recently, of Sustainable London?: The Future of a Global City, also published by Policy Press. Hyun Bang Shin is associate professor of geography and urban studies in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Ernesto López-Morales is associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Chile.


"This book is a noteworthy effort to break down the traditional theoretical framework that linked, from the outset, the study of gentrification to the Anglo-American model city of the Global North." (Urban Studies)

“The political economy of inequality and poverty is foundational for understanding cities everywhere. This wonderfully curated volume on gentrification does this to illuminate urban realities of the global south.” (Susan Parnell, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town)

“This magnificent collection of gentrification studies interrogates this classic western-derived concept at an unprecedentedly global scale. The book profoundly extends the scope of gentrification research and reinvigorates the notion from the perspective of comparative urbanism.” (Fulong Wu, University College London)

"The ambition and the achievement of such a wide-ranging collaborative project is an object lesson to the discipline as a whole." (AAG Review of Books)

“This remarkable book, edited with clarity of vision and political purpose, is sensitive to the ‘new comparative urbanism’ whilst arguing that to ‘unlearn’ how we theorize gentrification would be highly questionable. The circulation of capital and the dominance of speculative landed developer interests in cities are leading to massive displacement and social suffering, and this timely volume reminds us that these issues should be at the forefront of our inquiries.” (Tom Slater, University of Edinburgh)

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