Book launch: Gentrification and displacement in inner Sydney
Join us as we explore the impact of the relocation of public housing tenants in The Rocks as we launch Professor Alan Morris' new book Gentrification and Displacement: The Forced Relocation of Public Housing Tenants in Inner-Sydney.
“They’re tearing the community to pieces and displacing us like you're part of a jigsaw puzzle or something that’s just been grabbed and thrown and discarded anywhere because, ‘Well who are they? They're only public housing tenants’.” (Former Sirius resident)
Please join us at the book launch of Gentrification and Displacement: The Forced Relocation of Public Housing Tenants in Inner-Sydney by Professor Alan Morris on Wednesday 14 November at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance.
Drawing on in-depth interviews, the book examines the forced displacement of public housing residents in Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Sirius building in The Rocks, and considers the build-up to the government deciding to relocate the residents, strategies deployed to pressure tenants to move, as well as the social and personal impacts of the displacement.
The book will be launched by former Millers Point and Sirius building tenants who will also share their insights and experiences with Professor Morris during a Q&A session at the event.
5.30pm for 6pm start.
All welcome. Refreshments will be served.
About the publication
Gentrification and Displacement: The Forced Relocation of Public Housing Tenants in Inner-Sydney draws on in-depth interviews with tenants in Sydney’s Millers Point alongside government and media communication, in a case study that offers a penetrating and moving analysis of gentrification and displacement in one of Australia's oldest and more unique working class and public housing neighbourhoods.
This study advances work in urban studies by charting trends in urban renewal and displacement, furthering our understanding of public housing, gentrification and the effects of forced relocation on vulnerable urban communities.
About the author
Professor Alan Morris is a prominent urban and housing studies scholar, based at the UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance. He is the author of several books including The Australian Dream: Housing Experiences of Older Australians; A Practical Introduction to In-depth Interviewing and Bleakness and Light: Inner-City Transition in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. The latter has been described as ‘A scrupulous and fascinating micro-study of social behaviour and attitudes … It stands among the best of empirical work conducted in the social sciences in Africa’.