Historizing the production of territorial stigmatization: A review of the literature

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While the past decades has seen a massive political and media driven focus on neglected neighbourhoods and housing estates, bordering a moral panic, it is only recently that scholarly attention has been paid towards the territorial stigmatization of these neighbourhoods. During the last ten years we have witnessed a steep increase in the academic publication on Territorial stigmatization and its consequence; however there seem to be a rather large fragmentation in the different approaches, which makes for fragmented discussions and a confusing debate. Secondly the focus of the majority of the literature has been on the effects of territorial stigmatization rather than its actual production. This article brings structure to the debate and cast light on the production of territorial stigmatization by analysing a corpus of 119 publications from peer reviewed academic journals. Building on this corpus of past research and empirical findings the analysis shows that territorial stigmatization is not a new phenomenon as is sometimes suggested and the paper documents that it is a global phenomenon, which is not limited to the metropolises of the post-industrial west/north. However while territorial stigmatization is not a new a phenomena we do find that the modes and conditions for the production of territorial stigmatization at a number of different levels are novel and distinct from past experiences in several ways.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event7th Nordic Geographers Meeting: Geographies of inequalities - Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 18 Jun 201721 Jun 2017
Conference number: 7


Conference7th Nordic Geographers Meeting
LocationStockholm University
OtherUnderstanding spatial differences lies at the heart of geographical research. Inherit to this is the analytical focus of spatial and social injustices – and the ways in which inequality take place at global and local levels of analysis. These have been important research questions regardless of scientific traditions and paradigms since the birth of modern geography.<br/><br/>The topic for the 7th Nordic Geographers Meeting is: Where are we now? What are the important challenges we have to deal with today? What kinds of spatial and social differences are the most urgent to try to understand? Do we have operational concepts for analyzing today’s inequalities or do we need conceptual improvements? Do we have the methodological tools or is there a need for new approaches?<br/>
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