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Displacement and the Racial State in Olympic Atlanta, 1990-1996

Gustafson, JS; (2013) Displacement and the Racial State in Olympic Atlanta, 1990-1996. Southeastern Geographer , 53 (2) pp. 198-213. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent contributions to critical race theory and refugee studies can sharpen and extend analyses of urban displacement in aspiring global cities, especially with respect to how these cities demographically envision themselves. In the six years immediately preceding the 1996 Olympic Games, the city of Atlanta displaced many Atlantans from neighborhoods and public housing, while illegally arresting thousands more, thus moving many of the homeless to the city jail. Using David Theo Goldberg’s The Racial State alongside the work of Peter Nyers in Rethinking Refugees, this paper proposes that Atlanta’s municipal government and its civic allies, in a pursuit of “authentic” global city status, exhibited characteristics of an urban racial state predicated on the image of the displaced and their absence.

Type: Article
Title: Displacement and the Racial State in Olympic Atlanta, 1990-1996
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/508775
Language: English
Additional information: From Southeastern Geographer, 52(2), pp. 198-213. Copyright © 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher.
Keywords: displacement, urban development, racial state, Atlanta, desplazamiento, desarrollo urbano, estado racial
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538663
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