Racialization and Racism

Looks at the spatial dimensions behind the production of racial difference and inequality. Key themes include, but are not limited to, how space and racial difference both structure and undermine capital accumulation, community building, spatial knowledge production, subject formation, uneven development, and various expressions of social struggle.

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Racial regimes of property: Introduction to the special issue

The authors seek to trouble the rigidity of relations of domination so often portrayed in critical property studies, instead bringing to light the tenuousness, ambiguity, and messiness of the property-racial matrix, and the forms of resistance and refusal that render imaginative futures beyond property. It is one of the chief contentions of this special issue that while they may seem hegemonic and fixed, racial regimes of property are inherently unstable, constantly subject to undoing through and beyond their own internal logics.


Malini Ranganathan, Anne Bonds

Nowhere land: The evicted space of Black tenants’ rights in Montreal

Guided by recent work on property and Black geographies, respectively, this article examines how racial subjects are constituted in struggles over tenants’ rights. The racial limits of tenants’ rights in Montreal, it argues, are traceable to the socio-spatial relations of slavery and the intensifying criminalization of Black life in the 1980s, each of which nullified Black spatial belonging in the city.


Ted Rutland

Rethinking “Disinvestment”: Historical geographies of predatory property relations on Chicago’s South Side

Drawing on findings from an analysis of nearly 10,000 postwar property records in the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Englewood, this article demonstrates that vacancy stems not from disinvestment but from predatory and hyperextractive investments in housing that derive economic feasibility and legal sanction from property’s historical articulation with race.


Rea Zaimi

Civilizing swamps in California: Formations of race, nature, and property in the nineteenth century U.S. West

This paper examines the production of settler ecologies through nineteenth century swamp reclamation projects in California. It focuses on the transformation of inland swamps into agricultural land and San Francisco salt marshes and tidelands into urban real estate.


Lindsey Dillon

The sedimentation of whiteness as landscape

This paper interrogates the ongoing lives of whiteness, asking how whiteness operates as an invisible substrate within planning and property regimes. Utilizing the concept of sedimentation, it explores how planning takes part in concretizing racial formation processes and suggests that the project of sustaining white geographies lays bare deeper questions about the ways that planning enacts multi-scaled, racialized regimes of property.


Anna Livia Brand

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