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

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Original languageEnglish
JournalProgress in human geography
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Jan 2019

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Displacement has been a prominent theme in urban gentrification studies since the pioneering work of Marcuse in the 1980s, but is often poorly defined and chaotically conceptualised. Noting this, this paper moves beyond Marcuse by redefining displacement as a process of un-homing, noting that while gentrification prompts processes of eviction, expulsion and exclusion operating at different scales and speeds, it always ruptures the connection between people and place. The paper concludes that this reconceptualization of displacement as a form of violence is vital if its negative emotional, psychosocial and material impacts are to be more fully documented, and resisted.

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