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Thinking Allowed: Gentrification and division of domestic labour

Updated Friday, 24th April 2015

Dr Melissa Butcher, lecturer in Human Geography at The Open University joins this episode of Thinking Allowed to discuss gentrification and its impact on the working class. 

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

Birmingham city centre view Creative commons image Icon Bob Hall via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license On this week's programme:

Gentrification: its impact on working class residents. Laurie Taylor talks to Kirsteen Paton, lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, about her groundbreaking research in a neighbourhood undergoing urban renewal and improvement. Many such studies have focused on middle class lifestyles rather than the experience of less well off members of the community. Are working class residents inevitably displaced by gentrification and must traditional ways of life always disappear? Or can poorer people re-work the process and gain on their own terms? They're joined by Melissa Butcher, lecturer in Human Geography at the Open University.

Also, 'sharing the load': the division of domestic labour amongst couples where women are the higher earners. Clare Lyonette, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, asks if men do more when they earn less.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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