Suburban gentrification and the psychic politics of reaction.

Authors: Coleman Allums*, University of Georgia
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: Gentrification, reaction, affect
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Washington 5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In response to the call for this special issue, this paper develops a critical phenomenology of various affective dimensions of post-recession gentrification as experienced by white city leaders in Marietta, Georgia, a rapidly diversifying suburb of Atlanta. Recent years have seen, among other revanchist policies, the demolition of multi-family housing, increased policing and surveillance, and large-scale (sub)urban renewal efforts in many of Marietta’s Black and Latinx neighborhoods. Building on work from urban and cultural geography, black radical thought, and critical theory, we consider the psychic dimensions of these processes—including racial ressintement, alienation, and angst—alongside social, spatial, and material realities of neoliberal racial capitalism with which they are co-constituted. We argue that the specific articulation of affective and material life in this particular place and time should be understood not simply as a product of neoliberal ideology, but as an explicitly (neo)fascistic response to political, economic and cultural crises at multiple scales.

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