The concept of territorial stigma, as developed in large part by the urban sociologist Loïc Wacquant, contends that certain groups of people are devalued, discredited and tainted by the reputation of the place where they reside.

This book argues that this theory is more relevant and comprehensive than others that have been used to frame and understand ostracised neighbourhoods and their populations (for example segregation and the racialisation of place) and allows for an inclusive interpretation of the many spatial facets of marginalisation processes. Advancing conceptual understanding of how territorial stigmatisation and its components unfold materially as well as symbolically, this book presents a wide range of case studies from the Global South and Global North, including an examination of recent policy measures that have been applied to deal with the consequences of territorial stigmatisation. It introduces readers to territorial stigmatisation’s strategic deployment but also illustrates, in a number of regional contexts, the attachments that residents at times develop for the stigmatised places in which they live and the potential counter-forces that are developed against territorial stigmatisation by a variety of different groups.

chapter 1|8 pages


Exploring urban tainted spaces
ByPaul Kirkness, Andreas Tijé-Dra

chapter 2|18 pages

The stigmatisation of Las Vegas and its inhabitants

The other side of the coin
ByPascale Nédélec

chapter 3|15 pages

Imaginary politics of the branded city

Right-wing terrorism as a mediated object of stigmatisation
ByLucas Pohl

chapter 4|18 pages

Extensive territorial stigma and ways of coping with it

The stigmatisation of the Roma in Italy and France

chapter 6|21 pages

The ‘not so good’, the ‘bad’ and the ‘ugly’

Scripting the ‘badlands’ of Housing Market Renewal 1
ByLee Crookes

chapter 7|17 pages

Opening the reputational gap

ByHamish Kallin

chapter 8|19 pages

Voices from the quartiers populaires

Belonging to stigmatised French urban neighbourhoods
ByPaul Kirkness, Andreas Tijé-Dra

chapter 9|20 pages

‘This is my “Wo 1 ”’

Making home in Shanghai’s Lower Quarter
ByYunpeng Zhang

chapter 10|20 pages

From Social Hell to Heaven?

The intermingling processes of territorial stigmatisation, agency from below and gentrification in the Varjão, Brazil
ByShadia Husseini de Araújo, Everaldo Batista da Costa

chapter 11|16 pages

Researching territorial stigma with social housing tenants

Tenant-led digital media production about people and place
ByDallas Rogers, Michael Darcy, Kathy Arthurson

chapter 12|22 pages

‘You have got to represent your ends’

Youth territoriality in London
ByAdefemi Adekunle

chapter 13|19 pages

Call it by its proper name! Territory-ism and territorial stigmatisation as a dynamic model

The case of Old Naledi
ByKlaus Geiselhart

chapter 14|17 pages

Territorial stigmatisation, gentrification and class struggle

An interview with Tom Slater
ByPaul Kirkness, Andreas Tijé-Dra

chapter 15|5 pages


Tainted urban spaces at the intersection of urban planning, politics of identity and urban capitalism
ByPaul Kirkness, Andreas Tijé-Dra