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Sold out? The right-to-buy, gentrification and working-class displacements in London

Sold out? The right-to-buy, gentrification and working-class displacements in London

Elliott-Cooper, Adam ORCID: 0000-0002-4002-6470, Hubbard, Phil and Lees, Loretta (2020) Sold out? The right-to-buy, gentrification and working-class displacements in London. The Sociological Review. ISSN 0038-0261 (Print), 1467-954X (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026120906790)

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Abstract

Since the 1990s, the renewal of council housing estates in London has involved widespread ‘decanting’ of resident populations to allow for demolition and redevelopment, primarily by private developers who sell the majority of new housing at market rate. This process of decanting has displaced long-term council tenants and shorter-term ‘temporary’ tenants, with many notable to return to the estate. In contrast, those leaseholders who bought under the ‘right-to-buy’ legislation introduced in the 1980s have a ‘right to remain’ by virtue of the property rights they have. Nonetheless, given the threat that their property will ultimately be subject to compulsory purchase because the redevelopment of the estate is in the ‘public interest’, these leaseholders experience similar displacement pressures to other residents. Describing these pressures, this article argues that the right-to-buy legislation offered these residents the illusion of entering a property-owning middle-class, but that they were never able to escape the labelling of council estates as stigmatised spaces which have ultimately been seized by the state and capital in a moment of ‘accumulation by dispossession’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: class, displacement, ethnicity, housing, urban gentrification
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Applied Sociology Research Group
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:02
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27317

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