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Who’s to blame? Segregation, policy and stigma in Swedish editorial discourse
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Abstract [en]

Critical research on residential segregation has long emphasised issues of inequality and discrimination as crucial factors for its production and reproduction. Equally, research on spatial stigmatisation is recognised in scholarly debate as a highly problematic practice which not only shapes policy interventions but also affects the residents of targeted areas. With the ambition of problematising the relationship between residential segregation and stigmatisation, this article analyses printed newspaper editorial discourse in order to critically examine constructions of place. News media has been argued to be a key agent in the practice of stigmatisation, which makes editorial statements highly significant when it comes to how the newspaper perceives the importance of stigmatisation. In addition, the theoretical framework of residential segregation as a process based in structural inequalities provides the basis for identifying stigmatisation of poor and racialised neighbourhoods as an often neglected but indispensable piece of the puzzle. It is argued here that editorials’ neglect of practices of stigmatisation reproduce and simultaneously hide power relations inherent to processes of inequality.

Keywords [en]
stigmatisation, segregation, policy, neighbourhood, media
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373395OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-373395DiVA, id: diva2:1278483
Available from: 2019-01-14 Created: 2019-01-14 Last updated: 2019-01-14
In thesis
1. Constructing the Suburb: Swedish Discourses of Spatial Stigmatisation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constructing the Suburb: Swedish Discourses of Spatial Stigmatisation
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

By exploring representations of place, this thesis treats practices of spatial stigmatisation in the context of segregated Swedish cities. In three papers, different aspects of stigmatisation and place-making are discussed and analysed, where the overarching ambition is to identify and critically deconstruct the ideology behind stigma as well as suggest ways of making representation positive. In other words, this thesis takes issue with the negative labels attached to certain urban areas by exploring dominant discursive trends and mechanisms, or techniques, of creating spatial stigma.

Theoretically, the analysis is informed by postcolonial critical research on segregation and representations of people and place, where place-making is of particular importance. The case study consists of printed news media and political discourse concerning stigmatised urban areas in Sweden, and the method is inspired by critical discourse analysis.

The empirical material covers a period of twenty years, and the analysis is particularly focused on constructions of ‘race’ and poverty and how these two dimensions intertwine. The main findings point to a dominant trend of representing stigmatised neighbourhoods as failed and miserable places that are not considered part of Sweden. They become racialised both through representations of the neighbourhoods as foreign and unintegrated places and through representations of the residents, usually categorised as the ‘immigrants’, as culturally different from ‘Swedes’.  There are signs of a more critical discourse which challenges the negative representations, but it remains weak compared to the predominance of the negative reporting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Social and Economic Geography, 2019. p. 93
Series
Geographica, ISSN 0431-2023 ; 21
Keywords
Spatial stigmatisation, segregation, representation, suburb, discourse
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373397 (URN)978-91-506-2742-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-03-08, Sal IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, 753 10, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-02-15 Created: 2019-01-14 Last updated: 2019-02-22

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