‘The whole of Shirebrook got put on an ASBO’: The co-production of territorial stigma in a former colliery town

Pattison, James (2021) ‘The whole of Shirebrook got put on an ASBO’: The co-production of territorial stigma in a former colliery town. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space . ISSN 0308-518X

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This paper draws on data collected from a multimethod ethnographic study to contribute to debates on the production of territorial stigmatisation through analysis of Shirebrook, UK: a small post-industrial mining town in Derbyshire which now houses the distribution centre and warehouse of Sports Direct, recently the subject of high-profile scrutiny in the UK over working conditions. Combining semi-structured interviews, participant observation and analysis of documentary sources, I argue that the territorial stigmatisation of Shirebrook does not emanate from a single source. Rather, multiple institutions and agents converge in the co-production of stigma. The analysis draws attention to local antagonisms and hierarchies in the production of stigma, demonstrating how relatively powerful actors ‘below’ do not simply resist or deflect stigma onto less powerful others, but influence the way that territorial stigma operates, problematising Wacquant’s top-down conceptualisation.

Keywords:Deindustrialisation, Urban Studies, Urban regeneration, stigmatization
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L722 Urban Geography
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:46470
Deposited On:22 Oct 2021 09:23

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