The Council Estate and “Being Placed”: Everyday Resistances to the Stigmatization of Community

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHousing, Theory and Society
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Housing, Theory and Society on 27/06/2019, available online:


  • Class
  • Identity
  • Stigma
  • community
  • Place
  • Council estate
  • stigma
  • council estate
  • identity
  • place


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