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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2019.
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© 2019 The Author. Antipode © 2019 Antipode Foundation Ltd. Following the closure of the steelworks in Teesside, North-East England, this paper focuses upon social class inequality and the re-scripting of place. The study explores local responses to programmes such as Benefits Street and Location, Location, Location filmed in Middlesbrough. The study contributes to transnational debates on urban territorial stigmatisation in three ways. First, by extending the gaze from “spectacular” sites of multi-ethnic urban unrest, to consider seemingly “mundane” post-industrial peripheries. Second, by identifying how the recipients of spatial stigma might demonstrate agency through various acts of popular resistance including place re-inscription. This includes developing alternative narratives of place, through commemorating Teesside's rich industrial heritage, supporting ex-steelworkers, and challenging governmental stigma and media geographies declaring Middlesbrough to be a “benefits town” and the “worst place to live in the UK”. Third, by considering the unfolding of place as event, where contingency, complexity and unpredictable constellations and re-inscriptions might emerge.
Author(s): Nayak A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 01/06/2019
Online publication date: 22/03/2019
Acceptance date: 22/03/2019
Date deposited: 17/04/2019
ISSN (print): 0066-4812
ISSN (electronic): 1467-8330
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc.
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