I am delighted to see the publication of the following special issue on Locating Gentrification in the Global East from Urban Studies as Volume 53, Issue 3. You may find the table of contents and all the papers on this page: http://usj.sagepub.com/content/53/3.toc (also see below). The abstract for the guest editors’ introduction provides some key thoughts behind this special issue:
This special issue, a collection of papers presented and debated at an Urban Studies Foundation-funded workshop on Global Gentrification in London in 2012, attempts to problematise contemporary understandings of gentrification, which is all too often confined to the experiences of the so-called Global North, and sometimes too narrowly understood as classic gentrification. Instead of simply confirming the rise of gentrification in places outside of the usual suspects of North America and Western Europe, a more open-minded approach is advocated so as not to over-generalise distinctive urban processes under the label of gentrification, thus understanding gentrification as constitutive of diverse urban processes at work. This requires a careful attention to the complexity of property rights and tenure relations, and calls for a dialogue between gentrification and non-gentrification researchers to understand how gentrification communicates with other theories to capture the full dynamics of urban transformation. Papers in this special issue have made great strides towards these goals, namely theorising, distorting, mutating and bringing into question the concept of gentrification itself, as seen from the perspective of the Global East, a label that we have deliberately given in order to problematise the existing common practices of grouping all regions other than Western European and North American ones into the Global South.
This project has been a long and persistent endeavour, and it is the greatest pleasure for me, Loretta and Ernesto as guest editors to be able to see the project coming to fruition. All the contributions are empirically rich and theoretically insightful. It is the belief of the guest editors that this special issue would make a substantial contribution to the contemporary debates on gentrification and urbanisation as well as broader discussions in (comparative) urban studies and urban geography of Asia and the Global South.
The publication of this special issue coincides nicely with another book, Planetary Gentrification, which has just been released from Polity Press (http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745671642). The book coauthored by the guest editors builds upon a wide range of contemporary literature on urban processes in both the Global South and North. What we learnt from the contributions to this special issue have greatly enriched our arguments in this book.
Shin, H.B., Lees, L. and López-Morales, E. (eds.) (2016) Locating Gentrification in the Global East. Urban Studies 53(3).
Table of Contents
- “Introduction: Locating Gentrification in the Global East” by Hyun Bang Shin, Loretta Lees and Ernesto López-Morales
- “Economic transition and speculative urbanisation in China: Gentrification versus dispossession” by Hyun Bang Shin
- “Is ‘gentrification’ an analytically useful concept for Vietnam? A case study of Hanoi” by Ngai Ming Yip and Hoai Anh Tran
- “‘New uses need old buildings’: Gentrification aesthetics and the arts in Singapore” by TC Chang
- “The developmental state, speculative urbanisation and the politics of displacement in gentrifying Seoul” by Hyun Bang Shin and Soo-Hyun Kim
- “Gentrification and revanchist urbanism in Taipei?” by ,
- “Metro Manila through the gentrification lens: Disparities in urban planning and displacement risks” by Narae Choi
- “Gentrifying the peri-urban: Land use conflicts and institutional dynamics at the frontier of an Indonesian metropolis” by Delik Hudalah, Johan Woltjer and Haryo Winarso
- “Commentary: Variegated gentrification?” by Ray Forrest
- “Commentary: Speaking gentrification in the languages of the Global East” by Paul Waley