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Sandra Annunziata and Clara Rivas-Alonso

This chapter offers a detailed and critical review of literatures on resistance to gentrification. It looks at the strategies that have been enacted, both visible or overt and invisible or covert, opening up the tricky question of what counts (and what does not) as resistance to gentrification. In so doing it highlights the much less considered value of invisible practices of resistance: the non-politicised, covert, unintentional, informal, and deliberately invisible practices of everyday life that draw on different perceptions of time and survival, the negotiation of ambiguity and mobilization of invisibility. The chapter discusses what resistance is and what we might mean by resistance specifically in the field of gentrification studies. Is anti-gentrification resistance about the creation of alternatives or simply a series of oppositional, defensive practices? How can we evaluate if resistance has been successful? The chapter concludes that the visibility of resistance and counter collective knowledge production central in anti-gentrification practices might not be that useful after all in spaces where informality, ambiguity and invisibility have become some of the best strategies through which to resist the assault of displacement.