Urban development as displacement: Lessons on ‘displaceability’

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 18
Organizers: Oded Haas
Chairs: Uri Ansenberg


This session examines the relations between urban displacement and urban citizenship. We identify displacement as manifested in various ways, all of which result in the distancing of certain inhabitants from their right to their city: demolition of dwellings, physical eviction, denial of services, diminished access to urban space and resources, and housing unaffordability, to name a few. Inhabitants’ displaceability therefore refers to the condition or level of intensity of being vulnerable to displacement. Recognizing that displaceability is on the rise in present global urbanization, we examine the particular ways in which current urban development mainly in the Global South and East is articulated in local struggles over land, planning, and housing. Thus, we trace the specific local political, social, and market conditions that produce and impact displaceability. We further explore how displaceability is negotiated through urban development, highlighting cases in which it is not necessarily articulated in physical displacement. This approach in turn allows to reconsider theories of global urbanization from the grounded perspectives of the displaced.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Oded Haas York University 5 9:35 AM
Presenter Hila Zaban*, Kinneret Academic College, Top-down regeneration plans and the notion of displaceability in a neighbourhood’s pre-gentrification era 15 9:40 AM
Presenter Uri Ansenberg*, Ben-Gurion University, Real-Estate Valuation and Urban Displaceability 15 9:55 AM
Presenter Oded Haas*, Ben Gurion University, Displaced in place: neoliberal solutions to the housing crisis and Indigenous relation to land of ethno-national minority population 15 10:10 AM
Discussant Oren Yiftachel Ben-Gurion University 10 10:25 AM

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