Animals and urban gentrification: Displacement and injustice in the trans-species city

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Abstract

Urban gentrification debates are essentially anthropocentric, ignoring how the presence of animals at the gentrification frontier can promote or oppose capital accumulation. By way of corrective, this paper reviews geographical work on the relations of human and non-human animals in gentrifying neighbourhoods, arguing for a trans-species perspective on urban gentrification that considers the different ways animals are caught up in gentrification struggles. Noting that gentrification sometimes involves the violent and unjust displacement of non-human animals, the paper concludes by arguing that anti-gentrification discourse might usefully place more emphasis on the animal ‘right to the city’.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberPiHG-2020-0111.R1
Pages (from-to)1490-1511
Number of pages22
JournalProgress in human geography
Volume45
Issue number6
Early online date8 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • animal geographies, trans-species urban theory, gentrification, displacement, biopolitics

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