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‘Regeneration’ in interesting times: a story of privatisation and gentrification in a peripheral Scottish city

Sarah Glynn

in Mixed Communities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424938
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305538 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.003.0013
‘Regeneration’ in interesting times: a story of privatisation and gentrification in a peripheral Scottish city

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This chapter focuses on plans for the demolition of two multi-storey blocks in Derby Street, Hilltown, central Dundee, and for the subsequent redevelopment of the site. Dundee has little to offer big league gentrifiers, but it competes with every other city to attract the globalised middle class, and it is these new citizens and their local counterparts, rather than the old ex-industrial working class, that are seen as the city's future. Central to the chapter is the need to understand how politicians and councillors have convinced themselves, and others, that the active promotion of policies which encourage gentrification is for the common good. Using the example of what has been happening in Dundee, the chapter shows that enacting gentrification and social mix has involved the (mis)use of popular consultation, the selective adoption of academic arguments and the promotion of policy-driven research. The practices exposed by this are familiar to anyone who has been involved in community politics, but this evidence needs to reach a wider policy and academic audience.

Keywords: regeneration in Scotland; Dundee; gentrification; social mix

Chapter.  8411 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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