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Negative Neighbourhood Reputation and Place Attachment

The Production and Contestation of Territorial Stigma, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul Kirkness, Andreas Tijé-Dra


224 pages

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The concept of territorial stigma, as developed in large part by the urban sociologist Loïc Wacquant, contends that certain groups of people are devalued, discredited and tainted by the reputation of the place where they reside.

This book argues that this theory is more relevant and comprehensive than others that have been used to frame and understand ostracised neighbourhoods and their populations (for example segregation and the racialisation of place) and allows for an inclusive interpretation of the many spatial facets of marginalisation processes. Advancing conceptual understanding of how territorial stigmatisation and its components unfold materially as well as symbolically, this book presents a wide range of case studies from the Global South and Global North, including an examination of recent policy measures that have been applied to deal with the consequences of territorial stigmatisation. It introduces readers to territorial stigmatisation’s strategic deployment but also illustrates, in a number of regional contexts, the attachments that residents at times develop for the stigmatised places in which they live and the potential counter-forces that are developed against territorial stigmatisation by a variety of different groups.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction [Paul Kirkness and Andreas Tijé-Dra]

2.The Stigmatization of Las Vegas and its Inhabitants: The Other Side of the Coin [Pascale Nédelec]

3. Imaginary Politics of the Branded City: Right-wing Terrorism as a Mediated Object of Stigmatization [Lucas Pohl]

4. The Stigmatisation of the Roma in Italy and France: Extensive Territorial Stigma and Ways of Coping With It [Gaja Maestri]

5. Redlining or Renewal? The Space-based Construction of Decay and its Contestation through Local Agency Brixton, Johannesburg [Christoph Haferburg and Marie Huchzermeyer]

6. The ‘Not So Good’, the ‘Bad’ and the ‘Ugly’: Scripting the ‘Badlands’ of Housing Market Renewal [Lee Crookes]

7. Opening the Reputational Rent Gap [Hamish Kallin]

8. Voices from the Quartiers Populaires: Belonging to Stigmatised French Urban Neighbourhoods [Paul Kirkness and Andreas Tijé-Dra]

9. "This is my ‘Wo’": Making Home in Shanghai’s Lower Quarter [Yunpeng Zhang]

10. From Social Hell to Heaven? The Intermingling Processes of Territorial Stigmatization, Agency from Below and Gentrification in the Varjão, Brazil [Shadia Husseini de Araújo and Everaldo Batista da Costa]

11. Researching Territorial Stigma with Social Housing Tenants: Tenant-led Digital Media Production about People and Place [Dallas Rogers, Michael Darcy and Kathy Arthurson]

12. You Have Got to Represent your Ends": Youth territoriality in London [Adefemi Adekunle]

13. Call it by its Name! Territory-ism and Territorial Stigmatisation as a Dynamic Model: The case of Old Naledi [Klaus Geiselhart]

14. Territorial Stigmatisation, Gentrification and Class Struggle: An interview with Tom Slater [interviewed by Paul Kirkness and Andreas Tijé-Dra]

15. Conclusion: Tainted Urban Spaces at the Intersection of Urban Planning, Politics of Identity and Urban Capitalism [Paul Kirkness and Andreas Tijé-Dra]

About the Editors

Paul Kirkness is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Andreas Tijé-Dra is a Human Geographer at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

About the Series

Global Urban Studies

Global Urban Studies

This series is published in conjunction with the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University, USA.

Providing cutting edge interdisciplinary research on spatial, political, cultural and economic processes and issues in urban areas across the US and the world, books in this series examine the global processes that impact and unite urban areas. The organizing theme of the book series is the reality that behavior within and between cities and urban regions must be understood in a larger domestic and international context. An explicitly comparative approach to understanding urban issues and problems allows scholars and students to consider and analyse new ways in which urban areas across different societies and within the same society interact with each other and address a common set of challenges or issues. Books in the series cover topics which are common to urban areas globally, yet illustrate the similarities and differences in conditions, approaches, and solutions across the world, such as environment/brownfields, sustainability, health, economic development, culture, governance and national security. In short, the Global Urban Studies book series takes an interdisciplinary approach to emergent urban issues using a global or comparative perspective.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography