Gentrification and Resistance

Researching Displacement Processes and Adaption Strategies

  • Ilse Helbrecht

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Ilse Helbrecht
    Pages 1-7
  3. Simon Koch, Marrike Kortus, Stephanie Schramm, Christine Stegner
    Pages 57-90
  4. Greta Ertelt, Carlotta-Elena Schulz, Georg Thieme, Christiane Uhlig
    Pages 91-130
  5. Nelly Grotefendt, Malve Jacobsen, Tanja Kohlsdorf, Lina Wegener
    Pages 161-187
  6. Paul Neupert
    Pages 189-225
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-281

About this book


Gentrification is arguably the most dynamic area of conflict in current urban development policy – it is the process by which poorer populations are displaced by more affluent groups. Although gentrification is well-documented, German and international research largely focuses on improvements in the built environment and social composition of neighbourhoods. The consequences for those who are displaced often remain overlooked. Where do they move? What does it mean to be forced to leave a familiar residential area? What kinds of resistance strategies are developed? How does anti-gentrification work? With a focus on Berlin – the German "capital of gentrification" – the chapters in this volume use innovative methods to explore these pressing questions.


  • Gentrification and Displacement
  • Gentrification in Subsidized Rental Housing
  • Hotspots of Gentrification
  • New Forms of Displacement and Protest
  • The State-Made Rental Gap
  • Trailer Living as Displacement Phenomenon
  • Residential Biographies as an Instrument of Sociospatial Displacement Analysis 

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of sociology, urban studies, geography, and urban planning
  • Practitioners in the fields of urban planning, housing policies, and neighbourhood development

The Editor

Ilse Helbrecht is director of the Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Development and full professor of social and cultural geography at Humboldt-Universität Berlin. She works on gentrification, housing, and urban governance.


Reurbanization Urban Development Social Housing Urban Poor Berlin

Editors and affiliations

  • Ilse Helbrecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Geographisches Institut und DirektorinHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin BerlinGermany

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