Going where you belong? - Identities, reputation and stigma in cities and urban neighborhoods
Hosted by Assistant professor Venla Bernelius and University lecturer Jani Vuolteenaho
Commentator: Postdoctoral researcher Seona Candy
Meeting ID: 674 5790 9373
"Notorious" schools of the "notorious" places? - Segregation, stigma and identities in schools and neighbourhoods
Ade Kearns and colleagues open their article Notorious places (2013) by remarking that "All places have identities, but some places also have reputations." Notoriety, or negative reputation, often seems to have some roots in local social disadvantage, but it is also reproduced and strengthened by public discource and media coverage of places. Public stigmatization may, in turn, lead to a negative circle of segregation through avoidance in residential decisions, and local residents are often painfully aware of the outsiders' negative views and its impact on their own identities. In our talk, we ask what this means to local schools in Helsinki. Finnish schools are well known for their high academic quality, but are they shielded from neighbourhood stigma? Can place reputations also seep into school reputations, and what does this mean to pupils' identities and school segregation?
Reputation, stigma and belonging: Inter- and intra-urban reflections
Migration and urbanization are intricately interwoven phenomena. Migrants are essential for facilitating urban-centric growth policies, as graphically illustrated by how China has fast-forwarded to co-existing prosperity and inequality through rural-urban labour migration, or how European cities are aiming at selective intakes of high-skilled newcomers. In our globalizing and multiculturalizing societies, conceptually challenging, ethically significant and policy-relevant issues pivot around their integration and overcoming obstacles to it. Through international and Finnish examples, my presentation focuses on migration- and place promotion -related questions of reputation and stigma in cities and residential neighbourhoods.