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‘I call it the dark side’: stigma, social capital and social networks in a disadvantaged neighbourhood


Verdouw, J and Flanagan, K, I call it the dark side': stigma, social capital and social networks in a disadvantaged neighbourhood, Urban Studies, 56, (16) pp. 3375-3393. ISSN 0042-0980 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0042098018817226


It is well established that the stigmatisation of residents of socio-economically disadvantaged places by outsiders can have harmful consequences for those residents’ wellbeing and opportunities. However, relatively little research examines the effects of intra-neighbourhood stigmatisation on residents. We draw on Loïc Wacquant’s ‘advanced marginality’ thesis to explore this dynamic. We extend Wacquant’s concept of ‘territorial stigmatisation’ empirically with a social and spatial analysis of relational ties and stigma in a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Tasmania, Australia. This shifts the analytical focus from insider–outsider boundary-making to the ‘micro-territories’ of stigma production, which we argue are relationally as well as geographically constituted.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disadvantage, place, social capital, social network analysis, stigmatisation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:Verdouw, J (Dr Julia Verdouw)
UTAS Author:Flanagan, K (Dr Kathleen Flanagan)
ID Code:131015
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-02-26
Last Modified:2021-01-19

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