Building upon contemporary analyses of the interconnections between stigmatized places and identity formation, this paper explores processes of place-based identity formation on a British council estate. Connecting post-structural theorisations of identity and space, the paper explores the tensions between structure and agency implicit within theorisations of place-based identity as a community. Conceptualising the entanglement of structure and agency in place making as “being placed”, this paper offers an analysis of contradictions inherent in a structurally located agency. Founded upon ethnographic research of the material and cultural conditions of “being placed” on The Estate, the paper explores everyday resistances to place-based identity and the stigmatization of community.
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Housing, Theory and Society on 27/06/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14036096.2019.1624387
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