Fabian, Louise, & Anders Lund Hansen. Common resistance against state-led stigmatization and displacement. In G. Baeten, C. Listerborn, M. Persdotter, & E. Pull (Eds.), Housing Displacement: Conceptual and Methodological Issues (pp. 125–143). 2020. Routledge.
This chapter focuses on the role of the Danish state in stigmatizing and displacing groups from targeted common, non-profit housing estates (the so-called ghettos). It looks closer at the resistance movements, with special focus on Denmark’s largest non-profit housing estate, Gellerupparken. The chapter draws on an intersection between the literature of critical urban theory and social movement research. It highlights the increasing production of inequalities in Denmark and the concentration of precarious socio-economic groups in rental housing. The chapter explores the government’s ghetto politics, relevant policy documents, and state-led territorial stigmatization and displacement. It addresses how different actors have been trying to subvert the ghetto stigmatization through different forms of resistance such as the new social movement Almen Modstand (Common Resistance) as well as independent activists fighting against what they see as a racist politics. The ‘ghetto package’ has been met with a growing number of resistance movements and activities in Denmark.