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Integrating the Inner CityThe Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation$
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Robert J. Chaskin and Mark L. Joseph

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226164397

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226303901.001.0001

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Space, Place, and Social Control

Space, Place, and Social Control

Surveillance, Regulation, and Contested Community

Chapter:
(p.157) Seven Space, Place, and Social Control
Source:
Integrating the Inner City
Author(s):

Robert J. Chaskin

Mark L. Joseph

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226303901.003.0007

This chapter focuses on critical emerging dynamics around the nature and use of public space, public behavior, and social control in these emerging communities. It illustrates that the efforts to address urban poverty and public housing reform through mixed-income development schemes generate a set of fundamental tensions—between integration and exclusion, use value and exchange value, appropriation and control, poverty and development—that play out in specific, concrete ways on the ground. In particular, community concerns about order and safety and contention around definitions of public space, rights of access, and norms of behavior lead to the increasingly stringent use of surveillance, control, and rule enforcement. These dynamics militate against effective integration and contribute to the alienation and marginalization of public housing and other low-income residents in these contexts. Indeed, rather than effective integration, we argue, the experience of many public housing and low-income residents in these contexts amounts to what might be called incorporated exclusion, in which physical integration reproduces marginalization and leads more to withdrawal and alienation than engagement and inclusion.

Keywords:   integration, social control, public space, public behaviour, use value, exchange value, safety, norms, rules, incorporated exclusion

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