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date: 30 October 2020

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This chapter explores the relationship between consumption, gentrification, and inequality in today’s city, specifically how consuming and aesthetic taste are becoming intertwined with the process in ways that are presenting new implications for understanding urban inequality. Consumption has been a significant theoretical and empirical focus in the gentrification literature, and this chapter builds on the argument that scholars should consider it as being intertwined with production to understand how the process plays out in different contexts. Although gentrification has often followed relatively predictable patterns in its unfolding, this chapter uses two examples—“food mirages” and the mobility of the process’s advanced stage—to show how new patterns are complicating long-held theories. The chapter encourages further research into how these relatively recent developments are conditions of inequality in many of today’s cities.

Keywords: upply side, demand side, pioneers, food mirages, advanced gentrification

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