Gradations and Tensions: Latinas and Gentrification Discourse in a Los Angeles Barrio

Authors: Alfredo Huante*, University of Denver
Topics: Urban Geography, Social Geography, United States
Keywords: Gentrification, Latinx Geography, Race and Ethnicity, Class
Session Type: Paper
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Women of color are disproportionately impacted by tight housing markets and, by extension, gentrification. Simultaneously, women of color are central to social movements in the barrio. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with anti-gentrification activists this paper seeks to locate immigrant, Mexican women within gentrification scholarship and within growing literature on perspectives of gentrifiers. Although higher levels of education are understood as part of overall middle-class status driving Latino-led gentrification in the barrio, “on the ground” this educational attainment is attenuated by macroeconomic factors and individual immigration status and reduced returns on undergraduate education in the present economic landscape. Exploring how anti-gentrification activists perceive themselves in this process contributes to scholarship on gentrification and a fledging sub-focus examining the various contradictions presented by the social location of gentrifiers. I argue these narratives by women of color activists describes a relational gentrification.

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