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Gentrification

  • By: Martin Phillips
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Gentrification has been the subject of extensive research and debate, with a wide range of definitions and theorizations being advanced. The term is generally traced back to Judith Glass, who suggested that middle-class people were moving into some central working-class areas of London and fixing up run-down houses. Glass highlighted that the in-movement and physical improvement of buildings was accompanied by the displacement of working-class residents, and although there has subsequently been considerable debate about the meaning of gentrification, and the relative emphasis that should be given to in-migration, upgrading, and social displacement, Glass's definition is still encapsulated within many more recent definitions of gentrification.

Although Glass used the term in 1964, it was not until the late 1970s and early 1980s that gentrification became more ...

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