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 their implications for the displacement of low-income residents. Drawing on a variety of perspectives, the authors present interviews, case studies, and analysis in the context of recent scholarship in such areas as urban sociology, geography, planning, and public policy. As well, they share accounts of their first-hand experience as academics, parents, and spouses living in New York City, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Providence. With unique insight and rare candour, Gentrifier challenges readers' current understandings of gentrification and their own roles within their neighborhoods. A foreword by Peter Marcuse opens the volume.
- Series: UTP Insights
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 256 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.3in
Choice Magazine vol 55:04:2017
‘This book provides a welcome corrective to the slap-dash way ‘gentrification’ is used as an explanatory force in popular narratives … It would be a valuable addition to reading lists on urban studies, urban geography and urban planning.’
London School of Economics Review of Books blog August 2017
“The co-authors of Gentrifier take a daring tack: Professors all, they break the third wall of social science to admit that their interest is not purely academic.” Gentrifiers themselves, Schlichtman, Patch and Hill “believe that by sharing their experiences, they can help make sociological sense of this fraught topic.”
The New York Times, Sunday, July 9, 2017
"Gentrifier does a masterful job of explaining, unpacking, and grounding the key analytical concepts that underpin debates on gentrification. In clear, readable, and entertaining prose, John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill make gentrification more tangible and relevant as an important social topic worthy of rigorous and careful understanding."
John L. Jackson, Jr., Richard Perry University Professor and Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
"John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill clearly engage in the theoretical and policy debates surrounding gentrification while offering very smart analyses of their own narratives. There is a lot out there on gentrification but Gentrifier is most definitely fresh!"
Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University
"Gentrifier is the sort of book that vintage, pre-Kardashian Kanye West might have written had he had a PhD in urban policy, supplying it with an irresistible hook: "We're all gentrifiers, I'm just the first to admit it." Schlichtman, Patch, and Hill help us shelve what we thought we knew about gentrification, and give us instead a brutally honest reckoning with the ills, conveniences and virtues – but especially the consequences on the vulnerable – of gentrification. They ably wrestle with a characteristic facet of modern existence, rescuing the term from automatic demonization while never once letting it off the hook for the damage it can do."
Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and author of 'Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America'
Author InformationJohn Joe Schlichtman is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at DePaul University.
Jason Patch is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Roger Williams University.
Marc Lamont Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College.
Peter Marcuse is a German-American lawyer and Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University. Marcuse holds a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD from UC Berkeley in City and Regional Planning.
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