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The ‘New’ Middle Class, Lifestyle and the ‘New’ Gentrified City

The ‘New’ Middle Class, Lifestyle and the ‘New’ Gentrified City

The ‘New’ Middle Class, Lifestyle and the ‘New’ Gentrified City
Loretta Lees

Introduction

This chapter will explore the rise of the ‘new’ middle class, also known as the ‘cultural new class’, and how their lifestyles, culture and consumption have impacted on cities. The focus will be on the ‘new’ city. In the global north this is the postmodern, post-industrial city that is undergoing an urban renaissance. And in the global south it is associated with the late modernisation and in some cases industrialisation of certain cities that are more connected with global flows. Before turning to the rise of the ‘new’ middle class in these ‘new’ cities I want to make four points.

Firstly, the ‘new’ middle class ...

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