Why have many of the prestige developments in Copenhagen’s West End built during the golden days of the welfare state morphed into deprived and stigmatized territories? This article seeks to answer this question by deploying a field-analytical approach inspired by Bourdieu and Wacquant. The emergence of advanced marginality and the diffusion of spatial defamation in Copenhagen are products of the historical struggles over space occurring in the field of housing and the bureaucratic field. To grasp social transformations at ground level in deprived urban areas, we need to exit those areas and scrutinize the role of the state in the (re)production of territorial stigma. This article shows how the processes of spatial concentration of dispossessed households and the defamation of their neighborhoods are closely linked to the institutionalization of a dualized and asymmetrical housing market and a dualizing urban policy which have converged to privilege private ownership at the cost of non-profit housing for the past fifty years.
|Bidragets oversatte titel||Vestegnen ' Et fortabt paradis - Om den politiske produktion af territoriel stigmatisering i Danmark|
|Tidsskrift||Environment and Planning A|
|Status||Udgivet - 18 jun. 2014|
- Territorial Stigma
- Bureaucratic field
- urban policy