Housing Market Renewal: Evidence of Revanchism or a Response to 'Passive Revanchism' Supporting 'Citizenship of Place'?
In England, housing market renewal (HMR) proved an urban policy cause célèbre held to be representative of state-sponsored gentrification. This paper considers some critiques and explores the relocation experience of a group of residents in South Yorkshire, England during the implementation of HMR policies during 2005-2007. This paper argues that: (i) from the mid-1970s, 'place-based citizenship' and participation standards had been eroded and the introduction of HMR was an antidote to state neglect; (ii) state failure in addressing 'slow-burn' shocks such as deindustrialisation and housing market restructuring can be viewed as a form of 'passive revanchism' and (iii) HMR can be viewed as a means of addressing deficits in participation standards that arise from differential experiences of place: the term 'citizenship of place' is therefore used to signal the call for a more nuanced account of policy interventions such as HMR in order to assess how complex processes of restructuring affect citizens across spatial and temporal scales.
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Housing Studies. - Taylor & Francis Journals, ISSN 0267-3037. - Vol. 28.2013, 8, p. 1117-1132
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