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

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This 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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)81-104
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Theology - urban displacement, urban resettlement, citzenship, zimbabwe

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