Geographies of Rural Gentrification in Time and Space

Authors: Peter Nelson*, Middlebury College
Topics: Rural Geography, Population Geography
Keywords: rural gentrification, rural-urban fringe, time-space geographies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Congressional A, Omni, West
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As a simultaneous reflection of cultural, economic, aesthetic, and demographic processes, gentrification has long been an object of intense and rich geographic inquiry. Scholars working in urban and rural contexts of both the Global North and Global South have used gentrification as a framework to interrogate a variety of different landscape changes and have identified different forms of gentrification including ‘pioneering’, ‘marginal’, ‘new build’, and ‘super’ gentrification. This paper draws on results from a detailed case study of rural gentrification in New York’s Finger Lakes Region to make three contributions to the rural gentrification literature. First, the results highlight the unique forms of gentrification present within a single rural region. Rural gentrification is manifest in forms similar to those already identified in the urban gentrification literature and by rural gentrification scholars in the UK. Second, the case study results demonstrate how rural gentrification can transform the temporal rhythms in the ways gentrifiers use rural space. Third, the case study location is situated in a distinctly rural portion of a large metropolitan region. Thus, the analysis will highlight the ways rural gentrification is transforming rural regions along the rural-urban interface – a spatial domain of growing research interest. By highlighting rural change within a metropolitan area, the analysis will bring to light complex rural dynamics that to date have gone largely unstudied in US rural scholarship which tends to rely on county-based metropolitan classifications as a proxy for rurality.

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