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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-509
Number of pages18
JournalProgress in human geography
Issue number3
Early online date24 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • displacement
  • gentrification
  • housing
  • social exclusion
  • urban geography


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