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Multiscalar un-homing: Residents’ experiences of interventions for social mix


Rebecka Söderberg, PhD student, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University


The purpose of this paper is to explore how residents in a multi-ethnic neighbourhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, experience their neighbourhood and the interventions taking place as a result of the ghetto legislation. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the paper highlights processes of homing and un-homing. Inspired by van Baar, the paper goes beyond the migrant/citizen distinction and seeks to highlight the perspectives of those affected by evictability and displacement. Defining ‘residents’ as the unit of analysis, while still – at a second step – being sensitive to how migration background matters to lived experiences, this paper aims to contribute to the de-migranticization of migration research.

The analysis highlights how residents live under a shared condition of evictability and un-homing, as they face the threat of eviction and as the neighbourhood undergo physical and social transformation. Yet, the paper also stresses how un-homing is a discursive and materialized violence which can affect people on multiple scales, and shows how un-homing is not equally distributed, as class, age and migration background matters to different experiences and scales of un-homing. Furthermore, the paper shows how residents challenge the narrative about their neighbourhood and redefine it from a problem-place to a home-place.


This is a hybrid seminar, you are welcome to connect via Zoom or join us at MIM seminar room, floor 9, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1. To attend on campus, please gather by the reception area at 14.10.

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