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Thursday, April 5 • 3:10pm - 4:35pm
TH3.10.19 Land, Urbanization & Expropriation - II

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Access to land is at the heart of political-economic debates over urbanization. These debates have traditionally placed the role of capital accumulation and class struggle at the center of how urban land markets are understood (Harvey, 1978; Christophers, 2011). Following recent efforts to expand this capital-centric lens (Fraser, 2014, Glassman, 2006), this session seeks to consider land through the framework of expropriation, a concept that includes (economic) accumulation by dispossession, but also includes forms of dispossession that operate through other forms of domination such as racism and white supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, and settler-colonialism. In the contemporary context of land investment and urbanization functioning as primary conduits for financial accumulation, how is exclusion from land carried out, justified, and contested?


These two sessions explore policy, the state, and economic development in relation to frontiers of land commodification and expropriation. Theoretically and empirically based papers analyze historical and contemporary practices of, justifications for, and contestations of exclusion, oppression, and expropriation.


Moderator: Benjamin Teresa, Virginia Commonwealth University


Land as Collective Property: Comparing Different Models and Dimensions 
Sabine Horlitz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

From Family to Financialized Properties: Race and Uneven Development in the Reemergence of the Land Contract 
Benjamin Teresa, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Right to the City” Planning and Insurgent Practices Fortaleza Periphery
Clarissa Freitas, Universidade Federal do Ceará

The Mobilities of Segregation

Eliot Tretter, University of Calgary



Thursday April 5, 2018 3:10pm - 4:35pm
Pine West (Mezzanine Floor)