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Title: Articulating urban change in Southern Europe: Gentrification, touristification and financialisation in Mouraria, Lisbon
Authors: Tulumello, Simone
Allegretti, Giovanni 
Keywords: Articulation; Housing; Neoliberal urban policy; Public participation; Social movements; Urban regeneration
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Sage
Project: PTDC/GES-URB/28826/2017 
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/873082/EU/From Contested Territories to alternatives of development: Learning from Latin America 
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/822638/EU/Platform Labour in Urban Spaces: Fairness, Welfare, Development 
Serial title, monograph or event: European Urban and Regional Studies
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Abstract: The global or planetary reach of gentrification has become a mainstream in critical urban studies. And yet, the ‘travels’ of a concept originated in specific places and times have often brought about a loss of explanatory and strategic power. In this article, we argue that another concept, that of articulation developed by Laclau and Mouffe, is particularly adequate to help gentrification, touristification and financialisation to travel among places and levels of abstraction. In order to make this argument, we focus on Southern Europe, whose cities had long been considered scarcely gentrifiable and where, more recently, critical urban scholarship has made large use ogf gentrification, touristification and financialisation to explain the impacts of crisis, austerity, and afterwards economic rebound driven by real estate and tourism. We explore in multi-scalar perspective the trajectory of Mouraria, a historical neighbourhood in Lisbon – and particularly the dimensions of housing and local politics. We show how Mouraria, during the last decade, shifted from being a ‘deviant’ case – capable of taking advantage of neoliberal regeneration policies in order to keep its social diversity and most of its long-term residents – toward one ‘paradigmatic’ of urbanisation-as-accumulation and contentious urban politics. We explain this shift by focusing on its multi-scalar determinants; concluding that present urban change in many Southern European cities should be understood as the articulation of various processes, which include gentrification, touristification and financialisation.
ISSN: 0969-7764
DOI: 10.1177/0969776420963381
Rights: openAccess
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