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The de-politicisation of housing policies: the case of Borei Keila land-sharing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Talocci, GT; Boano, CB; (2018) The de-politicisation of housing policies: the case of Borei Keila land-sharing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. International Journal of Housing Policy , 18 (2) pp. 290-311. 10.1080/19491247.2017.1298365. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper examines the design and evolution of a land-sharing process established for the on-site re-housing of an urban poor group in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), in the locality Borei Keila. The study is based on eight months of ethnographical and action research fieldwork. Some regard this land-sharing process as a success, but we find widespread criticism of it for excluding many original residents of the neighbourhood from the land-sharing agreement, leading either to their eviction or to difficult living conditions on site. We argue that these exclusionary results come from the deliberate misrepresentation of the urban poor group as a homogeneous block, and from the use of the housing provision as a pacifying tool against dissent. The case of Borei Keila highlights the risks of de-politicised and consensus-driven housing policies. It also provides the basis for a conclusive reflection on the recently approved National Housing Policy of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Type: Article
Title: The de-politicisation of housing policies: the case of Borei Keila land-sharing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19491247.2017.1298365
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2017.1298365
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Urban poor; contested spaces; slum-upgrading; land-sharing; depoliticisation
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/1543301
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