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dc.contributor.authorGillespie, Tom; email: thomas.gillespie@manchester.ac.uk
dc.contributor.authorHardy, Kate
dc.contributor.authorWatt, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-09T17:21:49Z
dc.date.available2021-10-09T17:21:49Z
dc.date.issued2021-06-18
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/626069/10.1177_0308518X211026323.pdf?sequence=2
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/626069/10.1177_0308518X211026323.xml?sequence=3
dc.identifier.citationEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space, volume 53, issue 7, page 1713-1729
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/626069
dc.descriptionFrom SAGE Publishing via Jisc Publications Router
dc.descriptionHistory: epub 2021-06-18
dc.descriptionPublication status: Published
dc.descriptionFunder: University of Leeds and ESRC
dc.descriptionFunder: Feminist Review Trust; FundRef: https://doi.org/10.13039/100012055
dc.description.abstractUrban scholars have traditionally associated displacement in cities of the global North with gentrification, generally understood as a class-based process of neighbourhood change. This article expands this scalar focus and adopts the larger scale of the local authority district (in this case the London borough) as its epistemological starting point to study the displacement of homeless people by the local state. Participatory action research was undertaken with housing campaigners in the East London borough of Newham to explore who is being displaced, their experiences of displacement and the impacts of displacement on their lives. Empirically, the article argues that displacement in this case is a product of national welfare state restructuring – or ‘austerity urbanism’ – implemented through a localised regime of ‘welfare chauvinism’ in which some groups are framed as economically unproductive and therefore undeserving of access to social housing. Displacement has the effect of reinforcing the surplus status of these groups by separating them from employment, education and care networks and eroding their physical and mental health. The article draws on research on the biopolitics of surplus populations in the global South to develop an original theorisation of the relationship between welfare state restructuring and displacement. This theorisation reveals that displacement is the spatial expression of a biopolitical shift away from the logic of ‘making live’ associated with the post-war welfare state towards a logic of ‘letting die’ more traditionally associated with postcolonial contexts.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rightsLicence for this article starting on 2021-06-18: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.rightsEmbargo: ends 2021-06-18
dc.sourcepissn: 0308-518X
dc.sourceeissn: 1472-3409
dc.subjectOriginal Articles
dc.subjectDisplacement
dc.subjectausterity
dc.subjecthomelessness
dc.subjectbiopolitics
dc.subjectgentrification
dc.titleSurplus to the city: Austerity urbanism, displacement and ‘letting die’
dc.typearticle
dc.date.updated2021-10-09T17:21:49Z


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