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Gentrifier by John Schlichtman, Marc Hill, and Jason Patch takes an amalgamated approach to the much-disputed topic of gentrification in hopes of enlightening and dispelling entrenched ideologies surrounding gentrification. Gentrification takes on many definitions and connotations. The first section discusses all of the nuances surrounding gentrification. The subsequent chapters delve into their multi-tool for assessing gentrification, personal narratives, and how these mingle with elements of gentrification. The stories about their lives, where they have both experienced the effects of gentrification and also been in the position of gentrifier, add a layer of surprising honesty to the text.

Having done course work in gentrification in university, I felt apt to handle the review of work dealing with the topic. I genuinely appreciated their open approach to the term and the depth in which they go surrounding the convoluted word. Most take the viewpoint that gentrification is either an entirely bad or entirely good practice. These scholars attempt to dispel this thinking by demonstrating how this mindset diminishes the complexity of the social, cultural, and economic order of society. While this book is a great read for someone interested in learning about gentrification or looking for alternative sources on the topic, it is not a casual read for the average consumer. The text is intricate, detailed, and best suited for those concerned with the subject of gentrification.

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Author John Joe Schlichtman • Jason Patch • Marc Lamont Hill • Peter Marcuse, Foreword
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publish Date 2017-May-11
ISBN 9781442650459 Buy this Book
Issue August 2017
Category Current Events & Politics


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