On 26th November 2013 Tom Slater gave a talk at the University of Leeds for contested cities
Tom Slater’s talk focused on his recent research of housing estates in the Edinburgh area. He drew from material from a forthcoming paper ‘The Myth of “Broken Britain”:Welfare Reform and the Production of Ignorance.’ (link can be found to the paper below).
His talk focused in particular on how space in the city is reproduced, people are excluded and profit accumulated. His theoretical exploration focused on combining Wacquant’s territorial stigmatisation and Neil Smith’s Rent gap. In doing so, he highlighted the active creation of a stigmatised spaces, a process that is used in order to necessitate urban renewal and privatisation-leading to further social exclusion. In an era of increasing social stigmatisation, analysis of the way that these inequalities are produced are crucial to attempts to challenge them within the city.
A link to Tom’s talk is posted here. http://soundcloud.com/contested-cities/tom-slater-wma/s-jsazw
More information about Tom Slater, is available here, you can also download The Myth of “Broken Britain”: Welfare Reform and the Production of Ignorance