Keeping Out the Poor : Banishment as an Urban Renewal Strategy

Keeping Out the Poor : Banishment as an Urban Renewal Strategy

Publication Type:
chapter
Date Issued:
2020
Authors:
Guy Baeten , Carina Listerborn
Publisher:
Routledge
Language:
eng
DOI:
10.4324/9780429427046-8
ISBN:
9781138385559
Abstract:

This chapter argues that measures herald a new era of urban population management and urban renewal in Sweden. It finds the term 'banishment' particularly useful to grasp the new urban renewal tactics that are unfolding in Landskrona. Based on an empirical study of Landskrona's rental policies, the chapter aims to develop banishment as a concept to capture a certain variation of displacement that is currently difficult to place in the available conceptual apparatus. It argues elsewhere that the reluctance of municipalities to accept citizens on low income may lead to the emergence of 'city-less citizens' who have nowhere left to go since no municipality is prepared to enrol them. Banishment may not have immediate tangible effects, but it forces the banned to consider whether they are worthy of being in a place and whether it is worth fighting for it.

Keywords:
Housing Displacement gentrification