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Situated Accounts from Within a Stigmatized Area: An Ethnographic Study on Local Views and Experiences Relating to Urban Developments in Molenbeek, Brussels
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2023 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Situerade beskrivningar från ett stigmatiserat område : En etnografisk studie av lokala upplevelser och perspektiv på stadsutveckling i Molenbeek, Bryssel (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study tried to counter the stigmatized narratives in Molenbeek and nuance the stigma bybringing to the forefront the experiences and views of the local inhabitants through storytellingand an ethnographic approach. I have interviewed both inhabitants of Molenbeek and a plannerfrom the municipality of Molenbeek to understand both the discourse of the inhabitants andthat of the planners at the municipal level about current urban development projects in andaround Molenbeek. With the empirical tale, I was able to present both discourses as if theywere discussing together to see where they differ or agree. I used the theory of territorial stigmaof Wacquant et al. (2014) to analyze to what extent the situation in Molenbeek can be explainedwith the theory of territorial stigma. I found that territorial stigma seems to fit the currentsituation of Molenbeek and its stigmatized inhabitants to a certain extent but underestimatesthe feeling of community between inhabitants. This study has shown that the urban and socialsituation in Molenbeek is much more complex than the stigma and stereotypes narrated. Futureresearch should look into the discourse of developers and their relation to territorial stigma.Finally, I hope this study will inspire urban planners to engage in storytelling and to be criticalof their own story realm. By listening to other stories and including them in their planningprocess they will be able to create more inclusive and richer spaces, which should be the goalof every urban development project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023.
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TRITA-ABE-MBT ; 23590
Keywords [en]
Territorial stigma, Ethnographic study, Urban planning, Thick descriptions, Feminist theory, Molenbeek
Keywords [sv]
Territoriell stigma, Etnografisk studie, Stadsplanering, Tjocka beskrivningar, Feministisk teori, Molenbeek
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary International Migration and Ethnic Relations Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-340748OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-340748DiVA, id: diva2:1818913
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2023-06-08, 00:00 (English)
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Available from: 2023-12-12 Created: 2023-12-12 Last updated: 2023-12-12Bibliographically approved

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