Glad to see the publication of this new handbook on gentrification studies, which also includes a chapter of mine.
The chapter asks the following questions: Has gentrification ‘gone global? Has it diffused from its usual suspects (e.g., London and New York City) to other non-Anglo-American cities that are more peripheral to global capitalism? What is the meaning of gentrification as a “global urban strategy”, which is seen now as a relatively structuralist interpretation by the late Neil Smith (2002)? Does it mean gentrification as a neoliberal urban policy colonising cities outside the core of global capitalism? Or, does it mean that the dominant epistemological horizon has expanded to be more inclusive of non-Anglo-American cities that have seen (historic) endogenous urban processes akin to gentrification? And, what do scholars in the global North understand about gentrification processes taking place in emergent cities in the global South, some of which they may not even locate on their world map?
This chapter discusses what it means to study gentrification beyond the Anglo-American domain, emphasising the possibility of gentrification mutating across time and space, in the same way any other social phenomena associated with the changing nature of capitalism goes through mutation. The chapter consists of four main sections: (1) an epistemology of comparative gentrification studies; (2) the linguistics of gentrification; (3) the state-designed nexus between gentrification and displacement; (4) the state question.
The chapter’s Word version of the author-submitted copy can be downloaded here: LSE Research Online
For citation: Shin, H.B. And López-Morales, E.(2018) Beyond Anglo-American gentrification theory. In: Lees, L. with Phillips, M. (eds.) Handbook of Gentrification Studies, pp. 11-23, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing