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Turning houses into homes: Living through urban regeneration in East Manchester

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Camilla Lewis



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2017.

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Repeated studies of urban regeneration have focused on the displacement of working class residents, but those who remain living in sites of urban change have received less attention. To attend to this gap, this paper focuses on the lives of long-standing residents in East Manchester, a site of urban regeneration, and examines their views of urban change. Ethnographic research reveals how the demolition and rebuilding of new houses has resulted in a deep sense of uncertainty. Drawing on anthropological theories of materiality, the analysis makes an original contribution to debates about urban regeneration, showing how social and material relations have been reconfigured and arguing that this in turn has created new meanings about the home.

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Author(s): Lewis C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 2017

Volume: 49

Issue: 6

Pages: 1324-1340

Online publication date: 20/02/2017

Acceptance date: 01/01/2017

Date deposited: 22/01/2020

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17694360


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