Geographies of Forced Eviction

Dispossession, Violence, Resistance

  • Katherine Brickell
  • Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia
  • Alexander Vasudevan

About this book


This book offers a close look at forced evictions, drawing on empirical studies and conceptual frameworks from both the Global North and South. It draws attention to arenas where multiple logics of urban dispossession, violence and insecurity are manifest, and where wider socio-economic, political and legal struggles converge. The authors highlight the need to apply emotional and affective registers of dispossession and insecurity to the socio-political and financial economies driving forced evictions across geographic scales. The chapters each consider the distinct urban logics of precarious housing or involuntary displacements that stretch across London, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Colombo. A timely addition to existing literature on urban studies, this collection will be of great interest to policy makers and scholars of human geography, development studies, and sociology.


Gentrification Cities Redevelopment Housing crisis Activism Precarity Neloiberalism Accra London Berlin Rio de Janeiro Colombo Shanghai Barcelona

Editors and affiliations

  • Katherine Brickell
    • 1
  • Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia
    • 2
  • Alexander Vasudevan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyRoyal Holloway, University of LondonSurreyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute for Social FuturesLancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Geography and the EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-51126-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-51127-0
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