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Pathways and Processes: Reviewing the Role of Young Adults in Urban Structure

Revington, Nick

The professional geographer. Volume 70:Number 1 (2018, January 2nd); pp 1-10 -- Routledge

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  • Title:
    Pathways and Processes: Reviewing the Role of Young Adults in Urban Structure
  • Author: Revington, Nick
  • Found In: The professional geographer. Volume 70:Number 1 (2018, January 2nd); pp 1-10
  • Journal Title: The professional geographer
  • Subjects: Geography--Periodicals; aburguesamiento, sendas a la vivienda, estudiantificación, adultos jóvenes, juventificación; gentrification--housing pathways--studentification--young adults--youthification; 贵族化, 住宅途径, 学生化, 年轻成人, 青年化。; Dewey: 910
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract:

    Challenges arising from changing demographics, expensive housing, and precarious labor have prompted recent interest in the residential geographies of young adults. Yet, despite attention to young adults' diverse housing pathways, I argue that greater focus is needed on the place-based and spatial underpinnings and effects of particular housing pathways: Connections to urban processes of "youthification"—the concentration of young adults in dense neighborhoods—and "studentification"—whereby an area becomes dominated by university students—remain underdeveloped, as do linkages between these phenomena and gentrification. I explore these connections through a critical review of extant literature to show that the enactment of some pathways is associated with particular urban processes, which might foreclose certain pathways for other individuals. Finally, I identify three crucial areas of inquiry: (1) how youthification, studentification, and gentrification interact; (2) how these processes shape and are shaped by diverging individual housing pathways; and (3) how differences among young adults such as race, ethnicity, and gender intersect with age in the course of these processes.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100063150730.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0033-0124; doi/10.1080/00330124.2017.1288574
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 6859.000000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100063150730.0x000001

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