John Joe Schlichtman
April 20, 2017


By: John Joe Schlichtman, Department of Sociology; Jason Patch, Roger Williams University; Marc Lamont Hill, Morehouse College 


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Gentrification and gentrifiers are often understood as 'dirty' words, ideas discussed at a veiled distance. Gentrifiers, in particular, are usually a 'they.' "GENTRIFIER" demystifies the idea of gentrification by opening a conversation that links the theoretical and the grassroots, spanning the literature of urban sociology, geography, planning, policy and more.

Along with established research, new analytical tools and contemporary anecdotes, the authors place their personal experiences as urbanists, academics, parents, and spouses at the center of analysis. They expose raw conversations usually reserved for the privacy of people's intimate social networks in order to complicate our understanding of the individual decisions behind urban living and the displacement of low-income residents. 

What makes your book or chapter different or unique from others in the same genre? 

"GENTRIFIER" is supported by academic literature spanning sociology, geography, planning and policy, and a discussion of the historical events and trends that precede and enable gentrification, which one should expect from a scholarly book. But it seeks to shine a light on the forces and orientations that underpin people's choices to move into disinvested urban environments. It provides a framework that enables researchers and housing consumers alike to take apart, rework, and adjust their views on this complex, ever-changing process.  

About the author:

John Joe Schlichtman is an urban sociologist whose interests are motivated by the potential of equitable, just and productive community development. His research has focused on understanding the dynamics of macro-level processes such as globalization and gentrification: how stakeholders resist or exploit them, the decisions residents make in navigating them and their influence on the urban landscape. His work has been discussed in such media outlets as Next City, CityLab and The Economist. He serves as a board member of the Research Committee 21 for Urban and Regional Development. He was a recipient of the 2012 PSA Praxis Award for impact on organizational institutions, community betterment and human suffering, and also was named a 2016 Next City Vanguard.

Publisher, publication date, length:

University of Toronto Press, May 2017, 256 pages

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