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Geographies of Forced Eviction

Dispossession, Violence, Resistance

Editors: Brickell, Katherine, Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa, Vasudevan, Alexander (Eds.)

  • Argues for social action against the current socially unjust housing crisis
  • Draws on urban case studies from around the world
  • Provides a strong critical framework for how housing precarity is created
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This book offers a close look at forced evictions, drawing on empirical studies and conceptual frameworks from both the Global North and South. It draws attention to arenas where multiple logics of urban dispossession, violence and insecurity are manifest, and where wider socio-economic, political and legal struggles converge. The authors highlight the need to apply emotional and affective registers of dispossession and insecurity to the socio-political and financial economies driving forced evictions across geographic scales. The chapters each consider the distinct urban logics of precarious housing or involuntary displacements that stretch across London, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Colombo. A timely addition to existing literature on urban studies, this collection will be of great interest to policy makers and scholars of human geography, development studies, and sociology.

 


About the authors

Dr Katherine Brickell is Reader in Human Geography, Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
Dr Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia is Lecturer in Urban Futures, Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University, UK.
Dr Alex Vasudevan is Associate Professor in Human Geography and Fellow, Christ Church College, University of Oxford


Reviews

“Across the world, in the names of 'progress', 'reconstruction' or  gentrification,  systematic violence is routinely used to evict millions of  people from their hopes every year. Increasing inequality and precarity, combined with increasingly militarised  policing, mean that such violence becomes more war-like at every turn. And yet the global scourge of forced evictions is barely recognised.  This remarkable volume will help change all that. Encompassing a searing range of analyses and case studies from cities as diverse as London, Rio, Accra, Berlin and Shanghai, 'Geographies of Forced Eviction' is a pivotal critique that demands to be  read by anyone interested in the future of our fast-urbanising planet.” (Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities & Society, Newcastle University, author of “Cities Under Siege”)

“This volume makes a unique and important contribution that inaugurates a new focus on the geographies of eviction. It demonstrates that eviction is central to the operation of urban capitalism, but that its drivers, experiences, and geographies vary across the Global South and North. In doing so, it shows that eviction moves through and interconnects different registers, from the political economies of land redevelopment and the politics of law, to violence and insecurity, bodies and trauma, gender and class, and resistance and solidarity.” (Dr Colin McFarlan, Department of Geography, University of Durham)

“A must read for those concerned by today’s growing numbers and diverse modes of eviction. The authors move in depth into a broad range of places and circumstances across the world. They expose the innards of these expulsions.” (Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of “Expulsions”)

“There are signs that academic and public interest in vulnerability seems to be burgeoning, yet it remains an under-researched concept. With interesting and engaging contributions incorporating a mix of practitioner and academic authors on vulnerability and policing, this collection will have broad appeal.” (Dr Kate Brown, Lecturer in Social Policy & Crime, University of York, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Geographies of Forced Eviction: Dispossession, Violence, Resistance

    Brickell, Katherine (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Struggling for the Right to Be Recognized: The Informal Settlement of Old Fadama, Accra, Ghana

    Morrison, Nicky

    Pages 25-45

  • The Right to Adequate Housing Following Forced Evictions in Post-Conflict Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Collyer, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 47-69

  • Unsettling Resettlements: Community, Belonging and Livelihood in Rio de Janeiro’s Minha Casa Minha Vida

    Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa

    Pages 71-96

  • ‘It Felt Like You Were at War’: State of Exception and Wounded Life in the Shanghai Expo-Induced Domicide

    Zhang, Yunpeng

    Pages 97-119

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-51127-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-51126-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geographies of Forced Eviction
Book Subtitle
Dispossession, Violence, Resistance
Editors
  • Katherine Brickell
  • Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia
  • Alexander Vasudevan
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51127-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51127-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51126-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 230
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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