SSSP 2019 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, August 11

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Session 123: More than Market Forces: The Social Dimensions of Gentrification
Room: Riverside Suite

Sponsor: Conflict, Social Action, and Change

Organizer, Presider &

Discussant: Amie Thurber, Portland State University

Description:  The social dimensions of urban redevelopment in general, and gentrification in particular, are often overlooked. And yet, spacial transformations are driven, in part, by dominant social beliefs and preferences related to what constitutes a desirable place to live. The consequences of gentrification are also deeply social, as neighborhood changes may affect where people live, work, study, socialize, shop, congregate, agitate, worship, and bury their dead. This session centers the social in exploring the causes and consequences of—and resistances to—gentrification.


“From Circumstance to Company: Landlord Context and Behaviors towards Tenants,” Doron R. Shiffer-Sebba, University of Pennsylvania, Winner of the Conflict, Social Action, and Change Division’s Student Paper Competition

“Homecoming: Motivations and Early Experiences of Residents Returning to a Gentrifying Neighborhood,” Amie Thurber, Portland State University

“Reframing Gentrification: How Tenant Shopkeepers’ Activism in Seoul Radically Reframed Gentrification,” Yewon Andrea Lee, University of California, Los Angeles

“Rootshock, Resistance and Resilience: Reactions to Redevelopment in Wooster Square,” Gina Petonito, Miami University