Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 233–254 | Cite as

Stigma and social housing estates: Beyond pathological explanations

  • Annette Hastings


This paper aims to contribute to our understanding of the causes of stigma as it afflicts severely disadvantaged housing estates. It begins with a review of the literature on stigma and housing estates, identifying a lack of research and analysis of the causes of stigma specifically, yet a subtle adherence to pathological explanations. The remainder of the paper discusses evidence from a research project on stigmatised estates in the UK, identifying and counterpoising various perspectives on the causes of stigma. It concludes by offering an alternative framework for understanding the phenomenon of stigmatised estates which moves beyond pathological explanations to focus on the roles and contributions of external actors and influences.

social housing estates in the UK social pathology stigma theories of neighbourhood decline 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette Hastings
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  1. 1.Department of Urban StudiesUniversity of GlasgowUnited Kingdom

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