Space, class, and displacements. Widening the class difference through home dispossession

Authors: Sònia Vives-Miró*, Universidade De Santiago De Compostela
Topics: Urban Geography, Social Geography, Geographic Theory
Keywords: Space, class, displacements, home dispossession
Session Type: Paper


This paper aims to get deeper into the relations among space, class, and displacements. By analyzing the geographies where different kinds of displacement by home dispossession occurred in Palma (Mallorca) from 2001 to 2014, I argue that evictions and foreclosures are violent strategies that intensify the class differentiation. These strategies are based on the accumulation of urban rent by home dispossession processes and on the strengthening of the homeownerships class in opposition to non-homeownership class. In that sense, I set out that class differentiation structure in a financial capitalism is not only defined by ownership of means of production, but also by ownership of the reproduction means since housing has been commodified.

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