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Gary Bridge, Tim Butler, and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424938

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.001.0001

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The impossibility of gentrification and social mixing

The impossibility of gentrification and social mixing

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(p.233) Fifteen The impossibility of gentrification and social mixing
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Mixed Communities
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Mark Davidson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.003.0015

Whereas gentrification once represented an unjust process of social cleansing, it is now widely viewed in policy circles as a progressive social-policy tool. Bringing the middle classes into ‘socially excluded’ areas is seen as a way in which the poor and anti-social can be incorporated into a tolerant and prosperous society. This chapter examines how these notions and their political logics have been constituted in London, in the UK. Drawing on in-depth research in a number of Thames riverside areas of new-build gentrification, it offers insight into how these policy prescriptions have impacted on different neighbourhoods. It is argued that the neighbourhood-based social relations emerging in affected areas show a lack of mixing and therefore signal an important social policy failure; but also that mounting urban changes are simultaneously generating worrying displacement pressures.

Keywords:   social cleansing, gentrification, socially excluded areas, London, neighbourhoods

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