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Moving beyond Marcuse: gentrification, displacement and the violence of un-homing

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posted on 2019-03-15, 12:47 authored by L Lees, A Elliot Cooper, P Hubbard
Displacement has become one of the most prominent themes in contemporary geographical debates, used to describe processes of dispossession and forced eviction at a diverse range of scales. Given its frequent deployment in studies describing the consequences of gentrification, this paper seeks to better define and conceptualise displacement as a process of un-homing, noting that while gentrification can prompt processes of eviction, expulsion and exclusion operating at different scales and speeds, it always ruptures the connection between people and place. On this basis – and recognising displacement as a form of violence – this paper concludes that the diverse scales and temporalities of displacement need to be better elucidated so that their negative emotional, psychosocial and material impacts can be more fully documented, and resisted.

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This research was supported by the ESRC grant ES/N015053/1 Gentrification, displacement and the impacts of council estate renewal in twenty first century London.

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Progress in Human Geography, 2019, 1-18

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/School of Geography, Geology and the Environment/Human Geography

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Progress in Human Geography

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SAGE Publications

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0309-1325

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1477-0288

Acceptance date

2019-01-20

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2019

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2019-03-15

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0309132519830511

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en

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