The grammar of "mixed communities": urban injustice and the Aylesbury Estate [VF] / Loretta Lees
The grammar of "mixed communities": urban injustice and the Aylesbury Estate [version française] / Loretta Lees. In "Mixité : an urban and housing issue? Mixing people, housing and activities as urban challenge of the future", 23ème colloque international de l'European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), organisé par le Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Solidarités, Sociétés, Territoires (LISST) à l'Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail, 5-8 juillet 2011.
Plénière 4 : Approaches, pratices and challenges of mixité in different urban contexts, 7 juillet 2011.
Now that New Labour’s era of urban renaissance in the UK has hit the buffers of both an economic downturn and a change of government it is time to reflect on the urban injustices it has left in its wake. In this paper I focus on the urban injustices that have been practiced on the Aylesbury Estate in London. I look at how the sociomateriality of the Aylesbury was discursively constructed by those with power in order to further their goals of regeneration, that is state-led gentrification, into a new ‘mixed income’, new-build community. I question the truth claims that have been made about the Aylesbury as a ‘sink estate’ and argue that they served dominant interests. I look at how choices have been closed down for the estate’s residents and how their support for the regeneration programme has been misrepresented.
In so doing I expose a variety of unjust practices that have been, and are being, enacted on the Aylesbury Estate. But importantly I look at what the residents think about the whole process (seeking alternative knowledges, imaginaries, logics) and how they are resisting dominant interests and practices. In so doing I question not just the policy of mixed communities (the new urban renewal) but also the way that it has been forced upon low income communities.
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