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Under Empire: Gentrification and Latinidad in Northeast Los Angeles
by Trujillo, Luis Angel, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2020, 262; 28093881
Abstract (Summary)

My dissertation is a study of (anti-)displacement organizing and genealogies in North East Los Angeles (NELA). It is based on my time with an anti-displacement grassroots collective known as the Northeast Los Angeles Alliance (NELAA). Started in 2014, NELAA was our response to the post-recession resurgence of the housing market, its exacerbation/exploitation of the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles, and its preying on low-income and immigrant tenants. Like NELAA, my project takes on the displacement-driven speculative financial formulas of the real estate industry/private property regime (derivatives of a necro-speculative social calculus) through an engagement/examination of the political economies of belonging and the libidinal economies of housing. All in all, my research is a study of Latinx/Chicanx geographies through the lens of race and property, tenure and belonging. I apply a relational analysis that understands Latinx/Chicanx geographies through its exchanges/entanglements with Indigenous and Black geographies. In it I argue that Latinx spaces/neighborhoods are themselves constructed and defended through de-indigenizing and anti-black logics of inhabitance, a politics of belonging that stems foundationally from the postcolonial politics of being. My methods include critical ethnography, oral history, and participatory direct-action research. I also conduct textual analyses of protest/movement ephemera, local historiographies, murals, early 20th century booster literature, court transcripts, and legal documents. In terms of scale, my research is mainly focused on a specific neighborhood in NELA (Highland Park), but broadens out to include the area (NELA), city (Los Angeles), state (California), region (US Southwest), and nation (federal housing regulations).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Baik, Crystal, Rodriguez, Dylan
Commitee: Costa Vargas, João H.
School: University of California, Riverside
Department: Ethnic Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Latin American Studies, Ethnic studies, Geography
Keywords: Anti-Blackness, Displacement, Gentrification, Latinidad, Place, Settler colonialism
Publication Number: 28093881
ISBN: 9798569968596
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