Struggling with Conceptual Framings to Understand Swedish Displacement Processe

Struggling with Conceptual Framings to Understand Swedish Displacement Processe

Publication Type:
chapter
Date Issued:
2022
Authors:
Carina Listerborn , Guy Baeten
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Language:
eng
Page:
207-216
DOI:
10.1007/978-3-031-04234-8_12
ISBN:
978-3-031-04233-1
Abstract:

Research on displacement has a long trajectory in Western geography and urban studies. In a Swedish context theory formation around displacement re-emerged in the 2010s as a response to an increasingly heated housing market, increased gentrification and growing homelessness, and as a consequence of ‘renoviction’ processes. Learning from empirical research in Sweden, the Nordic experiences differ from the Anglo-American context, and set ground for a theoretical discussion on how to understand the specificities of displacement processes in (post-)welfare societies. In this chapter we investigate some Swedish manifestations of displacement that cannot easily be grasped by conceptual apparatuses often developed in an Anglo-American context. The process of displacement in a Swedish (and Nordic) context is often more indirect and slower but its eventual outcomes have the same damaging effects on its victims. The chapter provides both an historical and contemporary view of Swedish displacement processes and practices, and we argue that we cannot uncritically import a conceptual apparatus that grew out of other socio-spatial contexts and develop particular understandings of displacement based on Nordic empirical observations.

Keywords:
Displacement gentrification housing