'Expulsions from public housing: the hidden context of concentrated affluence'

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In this article I offer some critical reflections on the central analytical and political/policy issues emerging the special issue of Cities focused on the Right To The City Alliance’s report We Call These Projects Home (WCTPH). I identify three conceptual threads running through the contributions to the special issue:
stigma, grief, and ‘emplacement’, and I want to argue that a focus on all three is of fundamental importance in understanding the contemporary plight of the working class under the urbanisation of neoliberalism, and in informing possible strategies of resistance. I conclude with a critique of policy-driven
housing research, and suggest that a highly critical focus on concentrations of affluence – including exploring the possibilities for dispersing the rich – is needed in order to support grassroots base-building endeavours like the WCTPH report.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-390
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • public housing
  • right to the city
  • displacement
  • neighbourhood effects


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