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When Ideology Replaces the Market: Gentrification in East Jerusalem

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Gentrification around the World, Volume I

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This chapter explores East Jerusalem’s urban renewal as a case presenting a different motivation for gentrification, namely the ideological model of gentrification. Multiple studies identify gentrification’s principle impetus as neoliberalism, involving wealthier middle-class individuals displacing poorer individuals by purchasing property and upgrading it through renovation and modernization. Challenging this fundamental assumption, the question explored is, can we expect similar dynamics of gentrification when the motivation is not economic? In other words, what happens when gentrification is not profit or market driven? I suggest that different motivation for gentrification defines who are the groups involved and the tactics used. By mapping the difference between the actors and tactics used in the economic model to those in the ideological model, it is shown that the motivations of gentrifiers influence the dynamics of gentrification, that ideological gentrification is zero-sum oriented, and that ideological gentrification attracts the support of external ideological actors.

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Swed, O. (2020). When Ideology Replaces the Market: Gentrification in East Jerusalem. In: Krase, J., DeSena, J. (eds) Gentrification around the World, Volume I. Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41337-8_12

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