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A Global Gentrifier Class?

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  • Gary Bridge

    (School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, 8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ, England)

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    If gentrification is now global, I investigate the degree to which it is possible to argue that it involves a global gentrifier class. This is examined in a number of dimensions: occupational characteristics; the mix of economic and cultural capital; ideas of cosmopolitan knowledge; gentrification aesthetics and the use of urban space. I argue that, whilst a new middle class is reproduced in certain global cities, the diversity of aesthetic trajectories and the localisms of cosmopolitan knowledge suggest that the case for a global gentrifier class or urban new middle class is a weak one. Much more pervasive at a global scale is a conventional set of strategies of middle-class reproduction in preserving social distinction that now occurs in urban as well as suburban contexts.

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    Volume (Year): 39 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 32-46

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:envira:v:39:y:2007:i:1:p:32-46
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