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The production, symbolization and socialization of gentrification: impressions from two Berkshire villages

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Gentrification has long been the subject of considerable interest and debate amongst geographers. A range of differing ontological and epistemological conceptions of gentrification have been advanced, with attempts often being made to legislate between them to establish some definitive categorizations of gentrification. The majority of gentrification studies are also highly urbanized: gentrification is seen explicitly or implicitly as a phenomenon that occurs in urban space. This paper questions both the legislative and urban foci of gentrification studies, by outlining an interpretative study of material, social and symbolic dimensions of gentrification within two villages in rural Berkshire.
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Keywords: gentrification; interpretative approach; material; rural Berkshire; spaces of representation; spatial practice; spatial representation

Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: University of Leicester [email protected]

Publication date: 01 September 2002

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