A neighbourhood of fragmentation.
Quazi Mahtab Zaman
Greg G. Hall
Once isolated as a bordered neighbourhood, the Raploch Council housing estate in Stirling, Scotland, has been regenerated through a gentrification policy that encouraged increased owner-occupied housing in an area previously dominated by social housing. As a result, new norms and values were reflected in the visual environment and architecture, by creating new buildings and moving new residents into the area. To investigate these issues, an auto-driven photo-elicitation method was used. Area residents, both established and new, were given single-use cameras and asked to take photos of the places and spaces that illustrated the changing nature of the Raploch. Guidance to the participants was limited, so as to allow their perspectives to emerge and to reduce the researcher's impact on the images produced. Simultaneously, this method considered Foucauldian power relationships, as the participants guided the discourse through their images. The following interviews focused on the participants' photos. It became clear that social boundaries between established and new residents resulted in an "us and them" discourse. These social differences were reinforced by the physical barrier of a road between each group's areas. In addition, the participants were acutely aware of another border — the different architectural styles of each area. Established residents considered the architectural style of the newer group as out-of-place; whereas newer residents viewed the housing of the established residents as old with an underlying discourse of needing redevelopment by the new residents.
ALTENBERGER, I. 2023. A neighbourhood of fragmentation. In Zaman, Q.M. and Hall, G.G. (eds.) Border urbanism: transdisciplinary perspectives. Cham: Springer [online], chapter 28, pages 461-476. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-06604-7_28
|Online Publication Date||Mar 7, 2023|
|Publication Date||Dec 31, 2023|
|Deposit Date||Mar 23, 2023|
|Publicly Available Date||Mar 8, 2025|
|Series Title||The urban book series|
|Series ISSN||2365-757X; 2365-7588|
|Book Title||Border urbanism: transdisciplinary perspectives|
|Keywords||Social housing; Council housing estates; Gentrification; Photo elicitation; Identify; Placemaking; Stirling (Scotland)|
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