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American Quarantine

The Right to Housing in a Pandemic

Bonnie Honig

the 16th century, it still connotes eviction as well: those left without pay, without work, unable to pay rent or mortgage, unable to catch up, will lose their homes. Some landlords suspend rent now and let it be known we are all in this together. 3

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“All we need is a home”

Eviction, vulnerability, and the struggle for a home by migrants from the Horn of Africa in Rome

Aurora Massa

people who, like Tirhas, had just been evicted from what had before been their home; and, scattered over the ground, their stuff, including suitcases, religious icons, furniture, and TVs. A few hours earlier, police had broken into the eight

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Mussels and Megaprojects

Landscape Structure and Structural Inequality at Jakarta's Coast

Kirsten Keller

and coastal kampungs where the wall was being built. I frequently visited several kampung, but mainly Muara Turun, where my core interlocutors were a group of people from an inner block who were involved in organising to protest eviction. While

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Girls, Homelessness, and COVID-19

The Urgent Need for Research and Action

Kaitlin Schwan, Erin Dej, and Alicia Versteegh

increased risk of housing precarity and eviction compared to other groups. Emerging data indicates this is already occurring in the United States, particularly among Black single mothers ( Ockerman 2020 ), with researchers predicting that women and girls

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Transitory Citizens

Contentious Housing Practices in Contemporary South Africa

Kerry Ryan Chance

This article examines the informal housing practices that the urban poor use to construct, transform, and access citizenship in contemporary South Africa. Following the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994, the provision of formalized housing for the urban poor has become a key metric for 'non-racial' political inclusion and the desegregation of apartheid cities. Yet, shack settlements—commemorated in liberation histories as apartheid-era battlegrounds—have been reclassified as 'slums', zones that are earmarked for clearance or development. Evictions from shack settlements to government emergency camps have been justified under the liberal logic of expanding housing rights tied to citizenship. I argue that the informal housing practices make visible the methods of managing 'slum' populations, as well as an emerging living politics in South African cities.

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Eviction Canceled: The 2006 Local Elections

Duncan McDonnell

Above all else, 2006 was a year of elections. Or, to put it another way,

it was a year of intense democratic competition, participation, choice,

and outcomes. In fact, if we extend our gaze back further, we can say

that the regional election campaigns in early 2005 marked the beginning

of an 18-month crescendo of inter-coalitional (and often intracoalitional)

competition, participation (including center-left primaries

at both national and local levels), and choice, which reached its peak

with the knife-edge outcome of the April 2006 general election and

remained on that note for two months until the constitutional referendum

held on 25–26 June.

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Racialized Governance

The Production and Destruction of Secure Spaces in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Alexandre Magalhães

because public servants had pressured them to do so in different ways. While the response of residents had varied, those who remained at this point all wanted to stay. Some former residents also joined the protest of those who still resisted eviction

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Evicted from eternity. The restructuration of modern Rome by Herzfeld, Michael


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Vulnerable homes on the move

An introduction

Sara Bonfanti, Shuhua Chen, and Aurora Massa

well as in Massa's article: in a limbo accommodation the Norwegian government provides for asylum-seekers, or in the public space where refugees claim for their rights after another eviction in Rome. As a socio-spatial engagement, founding one's home

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Putting the Folk in Their Place

Tradition, Ecology and the Public Role of Ethnology

Ullrich Kockel

The folk, who have been exorcised from contemporary academic concern, are now replaced with the populace. Simultaneously, places as ecological loci of meaning and social relations have been discarded in favour of globalised spaces. Arguably, the contemporary obsession with proving the inauthenticity of tradition is itself an essentialising discourse. This obsession has helped destroy places and their ecological relationships. European ethnology originated in the Enlightenment pursuit of good governance and social improvement, which rendered it an instrument of political control - putting the folk in their place. By critically reconstructing the public role of ethnology, we can redirect the ethnological searchlight. Should not the responsible ethnologist, rather than colluding in evictions of the folk from their place, cultivate a respectfully critical understanding of social, economic, political and ecological contexts, working with the folk reflexively, to help reclaim their place.