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.
|Journal||African Studies Review|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2017|
- Former Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences - Urban displacement; resettlement; property; authority; citizenship; Zimbabwe