Residential Crowding in a "Distressed" and a "Gentrified" Neighbourhood - Towards an Understanding of Crowding in "Gentrified" Neighbourhoods
2015 (English)In: Housing, Theory and Society, ISSN 1403-6096, E-ISSN 1651-2278, Vol. 32, no 4, 429-449 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous research has often associated residential crowding with impoverished segments of the population, often living in distressed neighbourhoods, and detrimental consequences for crowded households. However, according to official housing standards, crowding is also common in some gentrified inner-city areas. This paper problematizes these findings in two ways: first, by discussing how the theoretical implications of traditional indicators, such as dwelling standards, can be traded off for perceptions of neighbourhood identity; and second, by comparing the socio-economic profiles of the residents in a distressed and a gentrified neighbourhood. The findings suggest that distressed crowding due to deficient economic and other resources is spatially segregated from gentrified crowding where the desire to live in attractive areas might outweigh living space considerations. These findings call for further research into people's experiences of crowding in relation to other qualities of the dwelling - in particular, the residential neighbourhood.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala Univ, Inst Housing & Urban Res IBF, S-75309 Uppsala, Sweden., 2015. Vol. 32, no 4, 429-449 p.
Distressed neighbourhoods, Gentrification, Urban sociology, Identity, Housing policy
Other Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265641DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2015.1059355ISI: 000361829600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265641DiVA: diva2:866786