1st Edition

Housing Displacement Conceptual and Methodological Issues

    226 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines reasons, processes and consequences of housing displacement in different geographical contexts. It explores displacement as a prime act of housing injustice – a central issue in urban injustices.

    With international case studies from the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, India, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, and Hungary, this book explores how housing displacement processes are more diverse and mutate into more new forms than have been acknowledged in the literature. It emphasizes a need to look beyond the existing rich gentrification literature to give primacy to researching processes of displacement to understand the socio-spatial change in the city. Although it is empirically and methodologically demanding for several reasons, studying displacement highlights gentrification’s unjust nature as well as the unjust housing policies in cities and neighborhoods that are simply not undergoing gentrification. The book also demonstrates how expulsion, though under-researched, has become a vital component of contemporary advanced capitalism, and how a focus on gentrification has hindered a potential focus on its flipside of ‘displacement’, as well as the study of the occurrence of poor cleansing from a long-term historical perspective.

    This book offers interdisciplinary perspectives on housing displacement to academics and researchers in the fields of urban studies, housing, citizenship and migration studies interested in housing policies and governance practices at the urban scale.

    Introduction. Housing Displacement: Conceptual and Methodological Issues

    Emil Pull, Guy Baeten, Carina Listerborn and Maria Persdotter

    1. Council Estate Renewal in London: The Challenges of Evidencing its Gentrification-Induced Displacement

    Phil Hubbard and Loretta Lees

    2. Overcoming the Limits of Theory: Conceptual Musings on Displacement

    Ipsita Chatterjee

    3. A Landscape of Post-Gentrification? A Renovation Case in Sweden

    Emil Pull

    4. Emotional Displacement: Misrecognition, Symbolic Violence, and Loss of Place

    Chiara Valli

    5. The Biopolitics of Displacement: Komfortfokozat, Racism, and Post-Socialist Gentrification in Budapest’s Eighth District

    Jonathan McCombs

    6. Speculating Upon San Francisco’s Futurity: From Shell Company Evictions to Decolonial Action

    Erin McElroy

    7. Keeping Out the Poor: Banishment as an Urban Renewal Strategy

    Guy Baeten and Carina Listerborn

    8. Common Resistance Against State-Led Stigmatization and Displacement

    Louise Fabian and Anders Lund Hansen

    9. Housing Displacement in Australian Cities: A Brisbane Case Study

    Anne-Sophie Iotti

    10. Green Gentrification and Displacement in Barcelona

    Melissa García-Lamarca, James Connolly, and Isabelle Anguelovski

    11. A Dialogue on Displacement as Entwined Colonialism

    Matt Hern and Lisa K. Bates

    Conclusion. Housing Displacement: Conceptual and Methodological Issues

    Maria Persdotter, Guy Baeten, Carina Listerborn and Emil Pull


    Guy Baeten is Professor of Urban Studies at Malmo University, Sweden, and is the Director of the newly established Institute for Urban Research. He is the principal investigator of the FORMAS Strong Research Environment CRUSH (Critical Urban Sustainability Hub). His research interests are in urban development and
    urban sustainability.

    Carina Listerborn is a Professor in urban planning at Malmo University, Sweden. She is part of the strong research environment CRUSH (Critical Urban Sustainability Hub), and Vice-Chair of the Institute for Urban Research. Research interests are feminist urban theory, public spaces, neo-Liberal planning, and housing inequalities.

    Maria Persdotter is a post-doctoral researcher in welfare law at Linkoping University, Sweden. Her research interests span the fields of legal geography, critical race-, and migration studies. She holds a double PhD degree in Urban Studies from Malmo University and Roskilde University.

    Emil Pull is a PhD candidate in urban planning at Malmo University, Sweden. He is part of the strong research environment CRUSH (Critical Urban Sustainability Hub). Research interests are critical urban geography, critical phenomenology, and housing inequalities.