The politics of citation in gentrification research

I’m re-reading parts of Win Curran’s new book, “Gender & Gentrification,” and I have to share a favourite quote about the “silences” in gentrification research around gender:

“Gentrification work has been largely repetitive, consistently focused on the same debates, and citing the same authors in a closed citation loop that has us running in circles without greater understanding. These standards ignore gender and tend to under-cite women who write about gentrification.” (page 8)

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Now that I’m a little more established with secure employment, I feel free to finally break out of these loops and commit to citing fewer white men (where we understand “white men” as an institution, a la Sara Ahmed*). I am omitting known harassers and abusers, although I am certain there are many of whom I am unaware. Citation matters.

*”“White men,” then, refers to what as well as who has already been assembled: a collective body.” (Ahmed 2014).

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