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Defining and measuring displacement: is relocation from restructured neighbourhoods always unwelcome and disruptive?

Kearns, A., and Mason, P. (2013) Defining and measuring displacement: is relocation from restructured neighbourhoods always unwelcome and disruptive? Housing Studies, 28 (2). pp. 177-204. ISSN 0267-3037 (doi:10.1080/02673037.2013.767885)

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Abstract

Current regeneration policy has been described as ‘state-led gentrification’, with comparisons made with the ‘social disruption’ caused by slum clearance of the 1950s and 1960s. This article takes issue with this approach in relation to the study of the restructuring of social housing areas. The terms ‘forced relocation’ and ‘displacement’ are often too crude to describe what actually happens within processes of restructuring and the effects upon residents. Displacement in particular has important dimensions other than the physical one of moving. Evidence from a recent study of people who have moved out of restructured areas shows that although there is some evidence of physical displacement, there is little evidence of social or psychosocial displacement after relocation. Prior attitudes to moving and aspects of the process of relocation—the degree of choice and distance involved—are important moderators of the outcomes. Issues of time and context are insufficiently taken into consideration in studies and accounts of restructuring, relocation and displacement.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Mason, Dr Philip and Kearns, Prof Ade
Authors: Kearns, A., and Mason, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0267-3037
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:18 February 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 28(2):177-204
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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