Not exactly like the phoenix - but rising all the same: reconstructing displaced livelihoods in post-clean-up Harare

Kamete, A.Y. (2012) Not exactly like the phoenix - but rising all the same: reconstructing displaced livelihoods in post-clean-up Harare. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30(2), pp. 243-261. (doi:10.1068/d2408)

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Abstract

Studies of displacement often emphasise massive physical dislocation. In this paper, based on a study of displaced youth in Harare, Zimbabwe, I argue for the freeing of the concept from ‘physical uprooting’ and build a case for focusing on in situ displacement and displaced livelihoods. I consider attempts by youth to reconstitute displaced livelihoods in the wake of ‘cleansing’ by the state. I scrutinise evolving recovery tactics in the face of determined efforts by the authorities to repress the ‘filth’, demonstrating that the youth’s resistance comprises a myriad of spatialised recovery strategies for dealing with spatialised repression. I argue that it is the mutation of the youth’s modes of operation that have enabled them to (re)contaminate and (re)subvert the ‘purified’ spaces.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kamete, Dr Amin
Authors: Kamete, A.Y.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
ISSN:0263-7758

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