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‘You Get a Reputation If You’re from the Valleys’: The Stigmatisation of Place in Young Working-Class Men’s Lives

  • Michael R. M. Ward
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Abstract

Since the 1990s, there has been a large amount of research conducted on both sides of the Atlantic that has looked at the negative implications of living in communities that are ‘racially’, economically and social marginalised (see Shields, 1991; Campbell, 1993; Walker et al., 1998; Reay, 2000; Williams and Collins, 2001; Watkins and Jacoby, 2007; Wacquant, 2008; Keene and Padilla, 2010; Rhodes, 2012). A lot of this work has examined the consequences that stem from living close to unhealthy environments (see also Bullard, 1999; Phillimore and Moffatt, 1999; Bush et al., 2001; Acevedo-Garcia et al., 2003; Entwisle, 2007), through a lack of access to key community services (Gordon et al., 2004; Watkins and Jacoby, 2007) and through residing in areas suffering high levels of crime, deprivation and unemployment (Walker et al., 1998; Sampson et al., 2002). However, as Wacquant (2007, 2008) has pointed out, due to the deindustrialisation process that has taken place in Western countries over the past four decades, certain communities and neighbourhoods have become more ‘socially marginalised’ than others. Deindustrialisation has therefore resulted in residents not only becoming physically confined to decaying environments, but these environments also act as symbolic and powerful signifiers of class and ‘racial’ identities (see also Reay, 2000; Skeggs, 2004; MacDonald et al., 2005; Rhodes, 2012).

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