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The impact of gentrification on the refugee community : interfacing practical theology and human geography

dc.contributor.authorMsabah, Barnabe Anzurunien_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBowers-Du Toit, Nadineen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-05T11:22:29Z
dc.date.available2021-02-05T11:22:29Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citationMsabah, B. A. & Bowers-Du Toit, N. 2019. The impact of gentrification on the refugee community : interfacing practical theology and human geography. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 5(3):473-494, doi:10.17570/stj.2019.v5n3.a22
dc.identifier.issn2413-9467 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2413-9459 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17570/stj.2019.v5n3.a22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/109528
dc.descriptionCITATION: Msabah, B. A. & Bowers-Du Toit, N. 2019. The impact of gentrification on the refugee community : interfacing practical theology and human geography. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 5(3):473-494, doi:10.17570/stj.2019.v5n3.a22.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za/stj
dc.description.abstractAny development project of a neighbourhood that leads to the forceful and involuntary relocation of existing residents is unjust and contrary to God’s desire for life in its fullness and human flourishing. This paper looks at the lived experiences of African refugees in the socially and spatially polarised South African cities as they attempt to find space for themselves and for their businesses in order to survive. The paper provides insights on the notion of plurality and urban public space by taking into consideration the practice of gentrification in South Africa vis-à-vis the wellbeing of displaced communities. From the analysis of data gathered, gentrification accentuates socio-spatial polarisation and residential segregation in major South African cities, which calls for the need to de-gentrify urban cities for the sake of holistic community transformation. This is evidenced in the hopelessness and the helplessness of displaced communities as well as the quality of life they lead. De-gentrifying the previously gentrified space could lead to the transformation that communities need. The way gentrification is practiced in South Africa does not promote social cohesion or lead to holistic transformation. Rather, it reinforces social exclusion and holds back people’s hope for improved wellbeing.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za/stj/article/view/1994
dc.format.extent22 pages
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherPieter de Waal Neethling Trust
dc.subjectGentrificationen_ZA
dc.subjectHuman beings -- Migrationsen_ZA
dc.subjectRefugeesen_ZA
dc.titleThe impact of gentrification on the refugee community : interfacing practical theology and human geographyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderPieter de Waal Neethling Trust


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