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Title: Ordinary Neighbourhoods
Author(s): Beier, RaffaelLook up in the Integrated Authority File of the German National Library
Issue Date: 2022
Type: Article
Language: English
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:3:5-1981185920-942635
Abstract: Emphasising implicit assumptions behind our ways of seeing ‘slums’, this essay calls for a radical understanding of ‘ordinary neighbourhoods’. Borrowing from Robinson’s ‘ordinary cities’ concept, it conceptualises ‘ordinariness’ as a way of rejecting the ‘absolute otherness’ of slums, stressing heterogeneity within and between neighbourhoods as well as the significance of comparative empirical research. Beyond the need for alternative, less stigmatised terms, the article urges for a new territorial ethics, a radical deconstruction and de-mystification of the ‘slum’. Such conceptualisation should make aware of the term ‘slum’ as a non-physical, spatially detached social construct that discredits marginalised people and diverts attention away from precarious living conditions and possible ways of improving them.
Open Access: Open access publication
License: (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0(CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0
Journal Title: Planning theory
Publisher: Sage
Publisher Place: Thousand Oaks, Calif. [u.a.]
Volume: 0
Page Start: 1
Page End: 17
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