It’s the state, stupid: 21st gentrification and state-led evictions

Paton, Kirsteen and Cooper, Vickie (2016). It’s the state, stupid: 21st gentrification and state-led evictions. Sociological Research Online, 21(3) pp. 1–7.



In this paper we show how the form and effects of gentrification have advanced in the post crash, recessionary context. As such, we argue that state-led gentrification contributes to state-led evictions. The cumulative impacts of government cuts and the paradigmatic shift of housing from a social to financialised entity not only increases eviction risk amongst low income households but, through various legal repossession frameworks that prioritise ownership, the state actively endorses it. Given the nature and extent of these changes in housing, we argue that the state-led gentrification has advanced further. Evictions, we argue, are the new urban frontier and this is orchestrated by the state in fundamental ways.

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