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Title: 'Problem people' and 'problem places' : territorial stigmatisation and 'The Leys', Oxford
Author: Huggins, Richard
ISNI:       0000 0004 7425 5671
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This study examines the concept of territorial stigmatisation and both the extent to which a specific community has experienced this process and the impact it has had on them. The thesis critically examines the ways in which policy, academic and other forms of representation have worked to socially construct social housing estates and those who live there as, predominantly, ‘problematic’. The study also explores how officially produced data – in the form of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation and the 2011 Census also work to construct this area as one of deficit. The study employs semi-structured, qualitative interviews with a diverse sample of twenty residents of a large, peripheral housing estate in Oxford that has experienced territorial stigmatisation over a number of decades. The study presents an analysis of the rich data drawn from these interviews which examines the views and experiences of these residents and how they account for this stigmatisation, how it impacts on their lives and their community and the extent to which they present alternative and oppositional readings of where they live. The thesis demonstrates that the stigmatising narratives of the Leys are problematic because of the responsibility they seem to place on the residents for their own exclusion and deprivation. However, the thesis also demonstrates that while this estate has experienced long-term territorial stigmatisation, residents’ responses to this experience are more complex, nuanced and reflective than some literature suggests.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; HT Communities. Classes. Races