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Title: A pluralistic and comparative analysis of gentrification in London and New York
Author: Lees, Loretta C.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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The central objective of this thesis is to present an account of gentrification that overcomes some of the weaknesses of existing analyses. In particular, I attempt to move away from singular theoretical analyses and I seek to capture more fully the "chaos and complexity" of gentrification (Rose, 1984: Beauregard, 1986). In so doing I argue that gentrification cannot be understood in terms of universal explanatory statements but that local specificities are fundamental to the phenomenon. To open up the analysis of gentrification, I adopt some ideas from post-modernism: pluralism and contextualism. These two ideas form the background to the specific objectives of this thesis: Firstly, theoretical pluralism is investigated through the juxtaposition of a Marxist and a post-modernist explanation of gentrification. By juxtaposing these two key theoretical/conceptual frameworks of understanding I deliver an illustration of gentrification which is sensitive to the economic, cultural, social, spatial and political dimensions of the process. I discuss the complementarities and productive tensions which exist between these two sets of ideas. Secondly, the contextualism of the gentrification process is investigated through a comparison of gentrification in London and New York. I consider whether an Atlantic Gap is evident between gentrification in two neighbourhoods: Barnsbury in the inner London borough of Islington, and Park Slope in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. An emphasis on theoretical pluralism questions the ontological security of singular theorisations, and an emphasis on contextualism questions universal explanations of gentrification.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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