Copenhagens's West End a 'Paradise Lost': The Political Production of Territorial Stigmatization in Denmark

Bidragets oversatte titel: Vestegnen ' Et fortabt paradis - Om den politiske produktion af territoriel stigmatisering i Danmark

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Abstract

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 titelVestegnen ' Et fortabt paradis - Om den politiske produktion af territoriel stigmatisering i Danmark
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEnvironment and Planning A
Vol/bind46
Sider (fra-til)1386-1402
Antal sider17
ISSN0308-518X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 18 jun. 2014

Emneord

  • Territorial Stigma
  • Place
  • State
  • Bureaucratic field
  • urban policy
  • Bourdieu
  • Wacquant
  • Copenhagen
  • Denmark

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