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Introduction: Misunderstood Saviour or Vengeful Wrecker? The Many Meanings and Problems of Gentrification

Introduction: Misunderstood Saviour or Vengeful Wrecker? The Many Meanings and Problems of... Urban Studies, Vol. 40, No. 12, 2343–2350, November 2003 Introduction: Misunderstood Saviour or Vengeful Wrecker? The Many Meanings and Problems of Gentrification Rowland Atkinson [Received in final form, July 2003] The driving-force behind the identification has led to less perceptible population dis- and analysis of many urban problems can be placement and internalised social conflicts linked to what C. Wright Mills termed ‘pub- over the ownership of local space. There is a lic issues’ (1959). When Ruth Glass first certain poetic injustice in the withdrawal of observed the public issue that she labelled the middle classes from central neighbour- gentrification (1964), it was because this was hoods in the late 19th century and their sub- seen to displace local working-class groups sequent recolonisation of these areas within which led to the kinds of ‘private troubles’ to the past half-century. which Mills’ own project was also directed. The map of gentrification appears to be Nearly 40 years of analysis, theoretical and extending steadily. It would certainly appear empirical, and the massive social and econ- that public policy designs as well as the omic changes in London and other systemic facilitation of gentrification are tak- significant gentrification settings have ing place http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban Studies SAGE

Introduction: Misunderstood Saviour or Vengeful Wrecker? The Many Meanings and Problems of Gentrification

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Urban Studies, Vol. 40, No. 12, 2343–2350, November 2003 Introduction: Misunderstood Saviour or Vengeful Wrecker? The Many Meanings and Problems of Gentrification Rowland Atkinson [Received in final form, July 2003] The driving-force behind the identification has led to less perceptible population dis- and analysis of many urban problems can be placement and internalised social conflicts linked to what C. Wright Mills termed ‘pub- over the ownership of local space. There is a lic issues’ (1959). When Ruth Glass first certain poetic injustice in the withdrawal of observed the public issue that she labelled the middle classes from central neighbour- gentrification (1964), it was because this was hoods in the late 19th century and their sub- seen to displace local working-class groups sequent recolonisation of these areas within which led to the kinds of ‘private troubles’ to the past half-century. which Mills’ own project was also directed. The map of gentrification appears to be Nearly 40 years of analysis, theoretical and extending steadily. It would certainly appear empirical, and the massive social and econ- that public policy designs as well as the omic changes in London and other systemic facilitation of gentrification are tak- significant gentrification settings have ing place

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Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban StudiesSAGE

Published: Nov 1, 2003

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