The New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central City by David LeyThe New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central City by David Ley

The New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central City

byDavid Ley

Hardcover | February 1, 1997

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What factors lay behind the rehabilitation of central city districts across the world? Set against the contexts of international transformations in a post-industrial postmodern society, this book examines the creation and self-creation of a new middle class of professional and managerialworkers associated with the process of gentrification. These are amongst the privileged members in the growing polarisation of urban society. The book examines their impact on central housing markets, retailing and leisure spaces in the inner city. Taking as its focus six large canadian cities, the author identifies a distinctive cultural new class of urbane social and cultural professionals inspired in part by the critical youth movements of the 1960s for whom old inner city neighbourhoods served as oppositional sites to assail the boureoissuburbs. The study looks at their close links with reform movements, neighbourhood activism and a welfare state that often provided their employment, in a progressive aesthetisation of central city spaces since the 1980s. The New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central City offers the first detailed and comparitive study of gentrification which locates the phenomenon in broader historical and theoretical contexts.
David Ley is at University of British Columbia.
Title:The New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central CityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198232926

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`Faculty are often asked, by students and funding agencies, for examples of how scholarly research in a given discipline or field should be done. This volume provides an excellent model. The book is very well written, carefully argued, richly informative and copiously documented... not onlysolid scholarship, but a good read. Students of inner cities will find this volume especially useful... It may also serve as the definitive history to date of the gentrification literature... this volume will likely stand as... the definitive history of, three decades of research on gentrification.'Larry S. Bourne, Progress in Human Geography