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Conceptualizing Property Takings

Author: Bernadette Atuahene

Using the concept of a “dignity taking,” linking the unconsented taking of property rights with the deprivation of dignity, this research project seeks to further understand the relationship between property and dignity and extends the earlier analysis to the case of squatting. Among other things, the research will help illuminate why some populations choose to squat instead of pursuing alternative accommodations, and how these risky and illegal actions may enhance or degrade their dignity.

In 2019, Professor Atuahene received a Soros Equality Fellowship. The Soros Equality Fellowship program supports innovators and risk-takers striving to create and develop new ways of tackling the systemic causes and symptoms of racial disparity and discrimination. Beyond nurturing their specific projects, the support aims to create new ideas in the racial justice movement. Atuahene plans to use the award to build on her academic research by creating a comprehensive guide and user-friendly, interactive information hub that communities can use to fight back against racially discriminatory property tax information. Read more about Atuehene receiving the Soros Equality Fellowship

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