The impossibility of gentrification and social mixing
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.
Mixed Communities: Gentrification by Stealth?
Davidson, Mark, "The impossibility of gentrification and social mixing" (2011). Geography. 119.