Producing gentrifiable neighborhoods : race, stigma and struggle in Berlin-Neukölln

Producing gentrifiable neighborhoods : race, stigma and struggle in Berlin-Neukölln

Publication Type:
article-journal
Date Issued:
2022
Authors:
Defne Kadıoğlu Polat
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis Group
Language:
eng
Page:
1-23
DOI:
10.1080/02673037.2022.2042494
Abstract:

Through a case study of an immigrant dense working-class neighborhood in Berlin, this article asks how racial and territorial stigmatization figure into state-enabled financialized gentrification and resistance against it. While there is a discussion on territorial stigmatization in the gentrification literature, this debate remains understated in the emerging financialized gentrification literature and rarely connects to race. Debates on resistance to financialization, in turn, while being attuned to the detrimental effects of stigmatization on struggle, pay little attention to the role of the local state as a producer of stigma. In this article I draw together debates on financialization, state-enabled gentrification and racial and territorial stigma to suggest that the local state, through its oppressive classifications and racialized representations of urban space, contributes to preparing the symbolic and material structures on which finance capital is able to flourish, not only by normalizing displacement, but by hampering resistance and demobilizing local working-class communities.

Keywords:
Racial and territorial stigma gentrification financialization struggle local state Berlin