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‘Problem’ people, ‘problem’ places? New Labour and council estates

Charlie Johnston and Gerry Mooney

in Securing an urban renaissance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348159
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303329 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348159.003.0008
‘Problem’ people, ‘problem’ places? New Labour and council estates

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This chapter focuses on the construction and representation of council estates as problem places in Great Britain. It describes the preoccupation of the urban-renewal agenda with social-housing estates and the reproduction of inequalities and misery of poverty. The chapter argues that council estates play a symbolically and ideologically important role as a signifier and marker of social problems and spatialised dysfunctionality. It explains that in New Labour's much-heralded urban renaissance, the council estate is often counterposed against the vision of a revitalised urban citizenship in which responsible and orderly communities are involved in the management of their neighbourhoods.

Keywords: council estates; problem places; Great Britain; urban renewal; inequalities; social problems; spatialised dysfunctionality; New Labour; urban renaissance; urban citizenship

Chapter.  6169 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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