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From London to Mumbai and back again: gentrification and public policy in comparative perspective

Harris, A.; (2008) From London to Mumbai and back again: gentrification and public policy in comparative perspective. Urban Studies , 45 (12) pp. 2407-2428. 10.1177/0042098008097100. Green open access

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Abstract

Gentrification has become a global phenomenon over the past 15 years and has been understood as an increasingly important strategy within neo-liberal policy-making. Focusing on London and Mumbai, this paper details how public policies and planning regimes have been reconfigured and rescaled to facilitate and encourage new property speculation. However, against more generalised and abstract accounts of the neo-liberal city, the paper uses its comparative perspective to emphasise the geographically and historically specific manifestations and effects of gentrification processes. By highlighting different forms of state intervention and sharper socio-spatial impacts in Mumbai, the paper challenges the Eurocentric framing of a global spread of gentrification and argues that Mumbai can act as an important source of learning for gentrification research.

Type: Article
Title: From London to Mumbai and back again: gentrification and public policy in comparative perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0042098008097100
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098008097100
Language: English
Additional information: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Urban Studies, vol.45, issue 12, November 2008 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © 2008
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14811
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