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Benevolent evictions and cooperative housing models in post-Ondoy Manila

Alvarez, MK; (2019) Benevolent evictions and cooperative housing models in post-Ondoy Manila. Radical Housing Journal (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, I forward the concept of benevolent evictions to describe a new mode of dispossession, whereby expulsions from the urban core to the periphery are facilitated through the deployment of benevolence as a technology of eviction. Drawing on the experience of a community association in Pasig City, a part of Metro Manila in the Philippines, I examine how benevolent evictions, as materialized in The People’s Plan, reconfigured community participation and activist contestations. I distil the politics of participation by troubling practices of inclusion in housing affairs and exclusion in flood control matters; and critically assess the implications of non-transgressive coproduction models on organizing for housing justice. While democratizing housing solutions did not necessarily result in the democratization of participation, I argue that the contradictions that emerge present radical possibilities for rewriting the politics of participation toward the transformation of slum-state and citizen-state relations.

Type: Article
Title: Benevolent evictions and cooperative housing models in post-Ondoy Manila
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://radicalhousingjournal.org/issue/
Language: English
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Keywords: Flooding, resilience, eviction, participation, Manila
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10097856
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