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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  11 reviews
GENTRIFIER opens up a new conversation about gentrification, one that goes beyond the statistics and the clichés, and examines different sides of a controversial, deeply personal issue. In this lively yet rigorous book, John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch, and Marc Lamont Hill take a close look at the socioeconomic factors and individual decisions behind gentrification and t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by University of Toronto Press
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Jonathan Hiskes
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three authors argue that we use the word "gentrification" to cover a vast array of causes, effects, accusations, and injustices, stretching its meaning to beyond the point where it's useful. They tell their own housing stories, examining their personal role as gentrifiers within larger structural trends. No big unifying theory, no grand solutions, but a nuanced look at a set of (very!) complicated issues.
Hannah Notess
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so helpful because it really dives into the complexities around the topic of gentrification, including such questions as, "Why are so many gentrifiers against gentrification?" and "Is it possible to be an ethical gentrifier?" and "Why does everyone hate gentrification so much?" The authors also acknowledge their own personal stake in the issue by telling their own stories of being gentrifiers of various kinds.

They point out two of the biggest problems with gentrification, that deci
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Gentrifier is an interesting take on the topic of gentrification. The authors are three upper-middle class academics of differing races and childhood backgrounds who all identify as "gentrifiers." This book is an academic text, but I did find it to be written in more accessible ways than many academic writings. The authors sought to tackle the nuances of the topic of gentrification in hopes of starting a conversation and finding ways to deal with a phenomenon that seems to be an inevit
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this to be an interesting and thought-provoking read. The issue of gentrification is so complex, and like so many of today's issues, race and socio-economics make it difficult to have civil discussions and that just might lead to real solutions. The authors used themselves and others to demonstrate that the gentrifier is not one monolithic archetype and that there are many reasons that prompt individual decisions. I liked the construct that acknowledges the macro, meso and micro level fa ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-studies
This book is written by three urbanists who also recognize that they have been and are gentrifiers. Using their knowledge in urban theory as well as their experience moving into urban neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and San Diego, they highlight the complex set of forces that lead to what is called gentrification. Public policy, market forces, and individual decisions by families make up the process which they refuse to call either all good or bad. Their solution to the kind of gentrific ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone who's thought a lot about gentrification but isn't a social scientist, I can't think of a better introduction to the difficult tensions inherent to any discussion of gentrification. Grateful for the tools and frameworks provided by this trio of vulnerable scholars.
Brittany W
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book offers a fresh perspective (types of gentrifiers and their motives) not often found in gentrification literature. I would recommend this book to any urbanite and urban scholar alike.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
"What makes gentrification bad is not that people want an active street life, strong social capital, a diverse community, and financial security for their family. ...what makes middle-class-driven or middle-class-centered reinvestment bad is when it occurs within the structure of a zero-sum game, on in which residents are isolated enough from each other to implicitly consent to such a system--a structure in which both community and democracy deteriorate."

This is a very nuanced and, at times, per
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Informative and engaging, especially from academia. The book moves beyond the sorrow and anger that accompanies gentrification, in order to more deeply explore the what, why and how using a variety of first and second hand qualitative research methods.
I found the later chapter on Columbus (different perceived cultural orientations of a gentrifier to a neighbourhood, resulting in different outcomes to said neighbourhood) and Invasion (examines historical events and trends that often precede and e
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: leadership, sociology
Interesting topic, but terribly dry book - felt like reading a college textbook. In the end, I don't feel that I learned all that much about gentrification, perhaps some increased knowledge on the history and social study of it, but no real take-away strategies.
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John Joe Schlichtman is an urban sociologist who is motivated by the potential of equitable, just, and productive community development. His research has focused on understanding the dynamics of macro-level processes such as globalization and gentrification 'on the ground': how stakeholders resist or exploit them, the decisions residents make in navigating them, and their influence on the urban la ...more

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