The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City [NOOK Book]

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This book challenges conventional wisdom, which holds gentrification to be the simple outcome of new middle-class tastes and a demand for urban living. It reveals gentrification as part of a much larger shift in the political economy and culture of the late twentieth century. Documenting in gritty detail the conflicts that gentrification brings to the new urban "frontiers", the author explores the interconnections of urban policy, patterns of investment, eviction, and homelessness. The failure of liberal urban ...
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The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City

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Overview

This book challenges conventional wisdom, which holds gentrification to be the simple outcome of new middle-class tastes and a demand for urban living. It reveals gentrification as part of a much larger shift in the political economy and culture of the late twentieth century. Documenting in gritty detail the conflicts that gentrification brings to the new urban "frontiers", the author explores the interconnections of urban policy, patterns of investment, eviction, and homelessness. The failure of liberal urban policy and the end of the 1980s' financial boom have made the end-of-the-century city a darker and more dangerous place. Public policy and the private market are conspiring against minorities, working people, the poor, and homeless people as never before. In the emerging revanchist city, gentrification has become part of this policy of revenge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134787463
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/26/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Neil Smith is professor of Geography and acting Director of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture. An urban geographer and social theorist, he has written extensively on gentrification, the history of geography, and the production of nature. He is author of Uneven Development (Blackwell 1991) and of the forthcoming The Geographical Pivot of History: Isaiah Bowman and the American Century (John Hopkins Press).

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Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction 1: `Class Struggle on Avenue B': The Lower East Side as Wild Wild West. 2: Is Gentrification a Dirty Word? I: Toward a Theory of Gentrification -- 3: Local Arguments: from Consumer Sovereignity to the Rent Gap. 4: Global Arguments: Uneven Development. 5: Social Arguments: Of Yuppies and Housing. II: The Global is the Local -- 6: Market, State and Ideology: Society Hill. 7: Catch 22: The Gentrification of Harlem? 8: On Generalities and Exceptions: Three European Cities. III: The Revanchist City. 9: Mapping the Gentrification Frontier. 10: From Gentrification to the Revanchist City. Index.

(Harvard Design Magazine)

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