Belonging and the intergenerational transmission of place identity: Reflections on a British inner-city neighbourhood

Frost, Diane ORCID: 0000-0003-0135-8648 and Catney, Gemma
(2020) Belonging and the intergenerational transmission of place identity: Reflections on a British inner-city neighbourhood. URBAN STUDIES, 57 (14). pp. 2833-2849.

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<jats:p>This paper explores the subjectivities of neighbourhood identity and belonging. It considers how far, and in what ways, place identity and attachment are transmitted cross-generationally. Three broad themes have framed this research. First, the ways in which the formation and reproduction of neighbourhood identities have been influenced by geographical, political, contemporary and historical contexts. Second, and relatedly, the roles played by intersectional factors such as race and class. Third, the extent to which alternative neighbourhood identities challenge and contest ‘mainstream’ narratives that stigmatise and undermine disadvantaged inner-city communities. This paper draws on a case study area of ‘Liverpool 8’ (part of the wider Toxteth locale), a historically ethnically diverse inner-city area which attracted negative press coverage during the 1980s and 2011 riots. Drawing on a series of in-depth interviews with residents, the research reveals evidence of strong neighbourhood belonging and identity, shared and diffused across generations, based on subjective experiences, both positive (e.g. celebration of diversity, neighbourliness) and negative (e.g. racism, discrimination). To some extent, younger generation narratives reveal subtle changes that suggest a broadening of spatial horizons, beyond the residents’ immediate neighbourhood. However, at the same time, socio-economic and ethnic inequalities act to temper and stifle socio-spatial networks and experiences outside the immediate neighbourhood, for younger – as well as older – generations.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: belonging, generation, identity, inner-city, neighbourhood
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 16:19
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 00:13
DOI: 10.1177/0042098019887922
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