1st Edition

The Planetary Gentrification Reader

Edited By Loretta Lees, Tom Slater, Elvin Wyly Copyright 2023
    426 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    426 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gentrification is a global process that the United Nations now sees as a human rights issue. This new Planetary Gentrification Reader follows on from the editors’ 2010 volume, The Gentrification Reader, and provides a more longitudinal (backward and forward in time) and broader (turning away from Anglo-/Euro-American hegemony) sense of developments in gentrification studies over time and space, drawing on key readings that reflect the development of cutting-edge debates.

    Revisiting new debates over the histories of gentrification, thinking through comparative urbanism on gentrification, considering new waves and types of gentrification, and giving much more focus to resistance to gentrification, this is a stellar collection of writings on this critical issue.

    Like in their 2010 Reader, the editors, who are internationally renowned experts in the field, include insightful commentary and suggested further reading. The book is essential reading for students and researchers in urban studies, urban planning, human geography, sociology, and housing studies and for those seeking to fight this socially unjust process.


    Part One Thinking bout gentrification today

    Introduction to Part One

    1. What time is gentrification?

    Suileman Osman

    2. Gentrification

    Elvin Wyly

    3. Beyond Anglo-American gentrification theory Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto Lopez-Morales

    4. Revisiting 'the changing stage of gentrification' 

    Manuel B. Aalbers

    Part Two Planetary gentrification

    Introduction to Part Two

    5. Planetary rent gaps

    Tom Slater

    6. The discursive detachment of race from gentrification in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

    Melissa M. Valle

    7. The fire this time: Grenfell, racial capitalism and the urbanisation of empire

    Ida Danewid

    8. In debt to the rent gap: Gentrification generalized and the frontier of the future

    Hamish Kallin

    Part Three Gentrification and comparative urbanism

    Introduction to Part Three

    9. The geography of gentrification: Thinking through comparative urbanism

    Loretta Lees

    10. Hybrid gentrification in South Africa: Theorising across southern and northern cities

    Charlotte Lemanski

    11. Comparative approaches to gentrification: Lessons from the rural

    Martin Phillips and Darren P. Smith

    12. Is comparative gentrification possible? Sceptical voices from Hong Kong

    David Ley and Sin Yih Teo

    Part Four Gentrification beyond Anglo-America

    Introduction to Part Four

    13. Prolonging the global age of gentrification: Johannesburg’s regeneration policies

    Tanja Winkler

    14. Desakota and beyond: Neoliberal production of suburban space in Manila's fringe

    Arnisson Andre C. Ortega

    15. Socio-spatial legibility, discipline, and gentrification through favela upgrading in Rio de Janeiro

    Thaisa Comelli, Isabelle Anguelovski, and Eric Chu

    16. Housing transformation, rent gap and gentrification in Ghana's traditional houses: Insight from compound houses in Bantama, Kumasi

    Lewis Abedi Asante and Richmond Juvenile Ehwi

    Part Five Planetary gentrification and digital transformations

    Introduction to Part Five

    17. Holiday rentals: The new gentrification battlefront

    Agustín Cocola-Gant

    18. The impacts of Airbnb in Athens, Lisbon and Milan: A rent gap theory perspective

    Alberto Amore, Cecilia de Bernardi and Pavlos Arvanitis

    19. Platform-mediated short-term rentals and gentrification in Madrid

    Alvaro Ardura Urquiaga, Inigo Lorente-Riverola and Javier Ruiz Sanchez

    20. Postsocialism and the Tech Boom 2.0: Techno-utopics of racial/spatial dispossession

    Erin McElroy

    Part Six Resisting planetary gentrification

    Introduction to Part Six

    21. Resisting gentrification

    Sandra Annunziata and Clara Rivas-Alonso

    22. Resisting the politics of displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area: Anti-gentrification activism in the Tech Boom 2.0

    Florian Opillard

    23. A city for all? Public policy and resistance to gentrification in the southern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires

    María Carla Rodríguez and María Mercedes Di Virgilio

    24. When art meets monsters: Mapping art activism and anti-gentrification movements in Seoul

    Seon Young Lee and Yoonai Han


    Loretta Lees is Director of the Initiative on Cities at Boston University, Boston, USA.

    Tom Slater is Tom Slater is Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University, New York City, USA.

    Elvin Wyly is Professor of Geography at the University of British
    Columbia, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory, Vancouver, Canada.