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Notorious places: image, reputation, stigma: the role of newspapers in area reputations for social housing estates

Kearns, A., Kearns, O., and Lawson, L. (2013) Notorious places: image, reputation, stigma: the role of newspapers in area reputations for social housing estates. Housing Studies, 28 (4). pp. 579-598. ISSN 0267-3037 (doi:10.1080/02673037.2013.759546)

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Abstract

This paper reviews work in several disciplines to distinguish between image, reputation and stigma. It also shows that there has been little research on the process by which area reputations are established and sustained through transmission processes. This paper reports on research into the portrayal of two social housing estates in the printed media over an extended period of time (14 years). It was found that negative and mixed coverage of the estates dominated, with the amount of positive coverage being very small. By examining the way in which dominant themes were used by newspapers in respect of each estate, questions are raised about the mode of operation of the press and the communities' collective right to challenge this. By identifying the way regeneration stories are covered and the nature of the content of positive stories, lessons are drawn for programmes of area transformation. The need for social regeneration activities is identified as an important ingredient for changing deprived-area reputations.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Kearns, Mr Oliver and Kearns, Prof Ade and Lawson, Ms Louise
Authors: Kearns, A., Kearns, O., and Lawson, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
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:23 January 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 28:5
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
417784GoWell ProjectAde KearnsGlasgow Healthy City Partnership (GHCP)UNSPECIFIEDSPS - URBAN STUDIES

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