This autumn, the Institute for studies in Malmö's history and the Department for Urban studies is hosting a seminar series on "Urban social movements". All seminars are followed by a discussion on the subject, where all listeners are invited to participate. The lectures are held in English.

City of Segregation: Housing and Neoliberalism, Hegemony and Social Movement

Los Angeles may seem a long way from Europe, but efforts to drive up rents and property values as well as its current patterns of development seem all too familiar. Andrea Gibbons explores how racial ideologies have come to play such a key role in property valuation and definitions of community in the USA, and how such logics inform the intensifying efforts of business interests to push people from the city centre and displace homelessness to outlying areas rather than work to solve it.

The workings of real estate-led economics and increasing neoliberalisation are highlighted by the hundred-year civil rights struggles of Los Angeles’ residents, and this is as much a story of the ongoing movement for a different vision of housing and justice at the soul of the city.

Andrea Gibbons is an urban geographer in the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit, University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom. The talk is based on her book “City of segregation. 100 years of struggle for housing in Los Angeles”.

Short version:

Andrea Gibbons from the University of Salford, UK, explores how racial ideologies have come to play such a key role in property valuation and definitions of community in Los Angeles and the rest of the world. The workings of real estate-led economics and increasing neoliberalisation are highlighted by the hundred-year civil rights struggles of Los Angeles’ residents, and this is as much a story of the ongoing movement for a different vision of housing and justice at the soul of the city.

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