Place Wanted Alive: Seeking Spatial Justice Amongst Dispossession and Displacement Public Deposited

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  • May 14, 2019
  • DeGrauw, Anna
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Global Studies
  • This thesis aims to tease the tension between how Kenyan state-led efforts on land governance has impacted residents living in informal settlement called Kibera, in Nairobi. Taking the investigation a step further, this thesis also serves to illustrate how residents in informal settlements are creating place amongst disenfranchisement of socio-economic human rights clearly stated in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. The thesis aims to illustrate the intricacies of a place that stretches beyond the mere physical geography of an informal settlement, and demonstrates the complexities and power of social cohesion, even amongst demolition projects which are contributing to dispossession and displacement for certain Kenyan citizens.The title of this thesis, “Place Wanted Alive” is a transformation from the name of a social movement called “Peace Wanted Alive” in Kibera, which will serve as a case study for this thesis. Place Wanted Alive illustrates how place and space can be destroyed through efforts of land tenure policies, but also revived through experiences of residents in informal settlements; the polarization between actions are both significant contributions to placemaking, which will be explored in the following chapters. The power of a place extends beyond its physical containment and is a site for revival and resistance.
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  • Sahle, Eunice
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • Global Studies
Honors level
  • Honors
Degree granting institution
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2019
  • English

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