Urban Displacement and Resettlement in Zimbabwe: The Paradoxes of Propertied Citizenship. – University of Copenhagen

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07 December 2017

Urban Displacement and Resettlement in Zimbabwe: The Paradoxes of Propertied Citizenship.

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The latest publication from Amanda Hammar, Director of the Centre of African Studies, is an article in the December issue of African Studies Review entitled: Urban Displacement and Resettlement in Zimbabwe: The Paradoxes of Propertied Citizenship.


The article examines what urban displacement and resettlement can reveal about the nature of, and co-constitutive relationships among, property, authority, and citizenship. It focuses on an unusual case in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where long-term illegal squatters living under constant threat of violent displacement by various local and national authorities were formally resettled by the Bulawayo City Council on peri-urban plots with houses. What surfaces are some of the paradoxes of propertied citizenship and of attaining seemingly “proper” lives in conditions of sustained marginality, a result that is not entirely unexpected when impoverished squatters are resettled far outside the frame of the city and its possibilities.

You can read the entire article here.