New Research on Housing and Territorial Stigma: Introduction to the Thematic Issue

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New Research on Housing and Territorial Stigma: Introduction to the Thematic Issue


  • Peer Smets Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Margarethe Kusenbach Department of Sociology, University of South Florida, USA


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Abstract:  This introduction to the thematic issue on housing and territorial stigma provides concise overviews of the concepts of stigma, housing stigma, and territorial (or neighborhood) stigma, while tracing back current research on these topics to the pioneering work of Erving Goffman and Loic Wacquant. In doing this, we place particular attention on social responses to, and coping strategies with, stigma, especially various forms of stigma resistance. Finally, in brief summaries of all articles in the thematic issue, we emphasize their shared themes and concerns.

Keywords:  Goffman; homelessness; housing; marginalization; migration; neighborhoods; social/public housing; stigma; territorial stigmatization; Wacquant

Published:   27 February 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v8i1.2930


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