New book chapter: Age, life course and generation in gentrification processes

Together with Willem Boterman, I wrote a book chapter for the Handbook of Gentrification Studies edited by Loretta Lees with Martin Phillips. The book looks great, with an excellent line-up of contributors. I am proud to have contributed.

An open access version of our chapter can be downloaded here!

Age is often only implicitly acknowledged in gentrification processes. This contribution, however, places age centre stage to understand how the process has expanded into a major force of urban change. We specifically forward the importance of key transitions in the life course. While gentrification is generally associated with relatively young households, we specifically highlight the growing importance of middle-class families and ageing empty nesters and retirees, arguing for the emergence of gentrification as a multi-generational process with younger generations following in the footsteps of older ones. Inequalities between and within age groups, often related to housing restructuring, are also foregrounded. For young people it has become increasingly difficult to enter homeownership or secure rental housing. In contrast, an ageing generation has often been highly successful in accumulating housing wealth, amplifying their role in driving gentrification processes. A political economy surrounding and pushing these different age-specific forms of gentrification has emerged. The different age-specific forms of gentrification are likely to contribute to different forms of displacement hurting different residential groups.