“Gentrifier” with Jason Patch

“Gentrifier” with Jason Patch

November 6, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Department of Urban Studies & Planning’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group for a conversation with Jason Patch, professor of sociology and urban studies and co-author of the book Gentrifier.

The book (co-written with John Joe Schlichtman and Marc Lamont Hill; University of Toronto Press, 2017) opens up a new conversation about gentrification that goes beyond the statistics and the clichés to examine different sides of this controversial, deeply personal issue. The book takes a close look at the socioeconomic factors and individual decisions behind gentrification and their implications for the displacement of low-income residents. Drawing on a variety of perspectives, the authors present interviews, case studies, and analysis in the context of recent scholarship in such areas as urban sociology, geography, planning, and public policy, sharing accounts of their first-hand experience as academics, parents, and spouses living in New York City, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Providence. With unique insight and rare candor, Gentrifier challenges readers’ current understandings of gentrification and their own roles within their neighborhoods.  [Lunch  provided.]

Jason Patch is a professor of sociology and urban studies at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. His research interests focus on gentrification, cities, and qualitative methodology. For the past twelve years he has lived with his family in the great city of Providence. Once, long ago, he spent a year living in Allston.


“Gentrifier is the sort of book that vintage, pre-Kardashian Kanye West might have written had he had a PhD in urban policy, supplying it with an irresistible hook: ‘We’re all gentrifiers, I’m just the first to admit it.’

Schlichtman, Patch, and Hill help us shelve what we thought we knew about gentrification, and give us instead a brutally honest reckoning with the ills, conveniences and virtues — but especially the consequences on the vulnerable — of gentrification. They ably wrestle with a characteristic facet of modern existence, rescuing the term from automatic demonization while never once letting it off the hook for the damage it can do.”  —Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University