Destination dumping ground: the convergence of ‘unwanted’ populations in disadvantaged city areas

Cheshire, Lynda and Zappia, Gina (2015) Destination dumping ground: the convergence of ‘unwanted’ populations in disadvantaged city areas. Urban Studies, 53 10: 2081-2098. doi:10.1177/0042098015587241


Author Cheshire, Lynda
Zappia, Gina
Title Destination dumping ground: the convergence of ‘unwanted’ populations in disadvantaged city areas
Journal name Urban Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0042-0980
1360-063X
Publication date 2015-05-21
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0042098015587241
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 53
Issue 10
Start page 2081
End page 2098
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Academic and lay discourses around disadvantaged urban areas often draw on the language of ‘dumping grounds’ to encapsulate the poverty, marginalisation and social problems often found there. Yet the concept of a dumping ground remains insufficiently theorised. This paper addresses this issue by identifying five constituent features of the dumping ground: the perception of people as waste whose fate is to be discarded; the need to accommodate this human ‘waste’ and the logic by which places are selected for this purpose; the mechanisms through which this spatial sorting occurs as problem populations are moved to their ‘rightful’ place; the relations of power which enforce or encourage this mobility; and finally, the reactions of incumbent residents in neighbourhoods that are compelled to host unwanted social groups. In the second part of this paper, these themes are illustrated via a case study of the Australian city of Logan where residents complain that their city has been treated as a dumping ground in order to explain its poor reputation.
Keyword Australia
Disadvantage
Dumping ground
Migrant
Mobility
Neighbourhood
Stigma
Theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Fri, 19 Feb 2016, 07:41:58 EST by Dr Lynda Cheshire on behalf of School of Social Science